Dermisonics is a company that uses ultrasound to enhance transdermal drug penetration:
An alternating ultrasonic waveform enlarges the diameter of the skin pores and enables large molecule drugs to permeate through the skin (stratum corneum) into the dermis. From there the drug enters the blood stream. Ultrasound forces the drug through either of two pathways: (1) Hair Follicles or (2) Sweat Pores. Ultrasound is used to “enlarge” the Skin Pathway and then to drive the drug through the opening. Mechanically the drug follows the hair follicles to the bloodstream (near IV injection) or the sweat pores to the fatty tissue (Sub-Q Injection).
It seems like an innovative way to deliver drugs, but there’s no word on side effects (we wonder if prolonged use could lead to thicker hair, or hyperhidrosis?) They’re obviously concerned with the superficial; we only learned about Dermisonics because they announced they’re moving beyond pharmaceuticals, into enhancing cosmetics delivery.
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