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Octopus sucker-inspired patch delivers drugs into the body without needles or pills


The new patch after being “loaded” with the drug desmopressin. (Image credit: ETH Zurich)

Scientists have developed a new device inspired by octopus suckers that can deliver drugs without requiring needles or pills. They’ve already tested it in humans in a small, short trial.

The 0.4 by 0.2 inch (1.1 by 0.6 centimeters) patch can stick to the inner lining of the cheek, stretch across it and increase the absorption of an attached drug.

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