Lidocaine hydrogel patches will be developed to treat localised acute pain


Demand for advanced dressings has increased in recent years due to innovative adoptions of bioactive and antimicrobial dressings

The hydrogel transdermal patch from Alliqua

US-based wound management and drug delivery company Alliqua is launching a preclinical proof-of-principle study of an experimental hydrogel transdermal patch containing lidocaine. The lidocaine hydrogel patches will be developed with the aim of treating localised acute pain, including post-operative pain, back pain, and pain associated with sport injuries and arthritis.

Alliqua says results from this preclinical proof-of-principle study will be available in the third quarter of 2013.

The demand for advanced dressings has increased in recent years due to innovative adoptions of interactive/bioactive and antimicrobial dressings, including hydrogels. The global wound dressing market is expected to reach US$6bn by 2017. The US and Europe are the two leading geographic markets for wound dressings, with the US accounting for more than one-third of the world market.

Alliqua's hydrogels are said to offer painless adhesion to the human body, stability of form and composition, purity, reproducibility (manufacturing high quality product on a consistent basis), compatibility with active ingredients, and high water content.

Among the 15 drug delivery systems surveyed by Frost & Sullivan, it was revealed that doctors prefer topical delivery, either as a transdermal patch or topical gel/cream, and expressed willingness to switch their current mode of therapy to one available in these forms.


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