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Article l Don’t neglect needles!

Medium: The Medicine Maker
Author: Claus Feussner, PhD

While new and emerging technologies such as transdermal patches and needle-free injection devices have a role in the drug delivery field, experts agree that there are limitations to these technologies due to the biochemical properties of many therapeutic drugs. What are the alternatives to these technologies? Will needle-based devices continue to be a dominant method of drug delivery? How can the limitations caused by the complexity of therapeutic drugs be overcome?

The explosive growth in complex compounds, especially biologic drugs, continues to be a big industry trend. However, the numbers of new drugs that can benefit from new technologies such as patches and needle-free injection devices are limited. Many are best suited for administration via traditional needle injections. Syringes have made significant innovative advances and will continue to be a dominant method of drug delivery for years to come. What are the limitations of new technologies? How can syringe devices help overcome issues such as shelf life, dosing errors and loss of API? Can they contribute to higher patient compliance and safety? Dr. Claus Feussner, Senior Vice President Vetter Development Service offers his insight to these questions and more in the current article of the Medicine Maker.

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