What is it about?

A new approach to deliver pain medication to farm animals was developed. This approach consists of a patch containing very small needles that are capable of penetrating the skin without causing any pain. These patches are created using a natural polymer that is degradable, safe to use, and doesn't cause any irritation or side effects.

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Why is it important?

This new approach of using a patch to deliver pain medication to farm animals could potentially change current practices of giving medications to animals undergoing routine procedures such as castration or tail-docking.

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This page is a summary of: Biodegradable microneedle patch for delivery of meloxicam for managing pain in cattle, PLoS ONE, August 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272169.
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