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New Skin Patch Delivers Vaccines and Drugs in Under 1 Minute

Researchers have created a fast-acting skin patch that delivers medication to attack melanoma cells.

Skin Patch / Image: EurekAlert!
Skin Patch / Image: EurekAlert!

There are roughly 100,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year, and the deadly form of skin cancer claims 20 American lives each day. However, a recent EurekAlert! article discussed a new strategy for combatting melanoma with a skin patch that delivers medication. The patch contains a unique chemical coating and microneedles that distribute medication that kills melanoma cells within one minute. The device tested well on human and mice skin samples, and is a step toward developing a vaccine to treat melanoma. The technique could also have applications for other vaccines where topical ointments don’t cut it, and syringes aren’t necessary.

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