As the university's press release points out, there are already ibuprofen gels out there, but they're messy and hard to regulate, in terms of time release. This patch appears to solve that problem. The release goes on to talk about drug load capacities and polymers, which kinda makes me need an ibuprofen patch for my brain. But as University of Warwick researcher Professor David Haddleton said, there are more potential uses for this type of patch.
"We believe that many other over the counter and prescription drugs can exploit our technology and we are seeking opportunities to test a much wider range of drugs and treatments within our patch.”
Hear that? Soon you could be like the guy from the movie Limitless without even having to swallow a pill. No word yet on whether or not scientists have figured out how to get dreamy blue eyes and three-days' scruff without surgery, though.