Far away, in 1979, the first transdermal patch to reach the market, produced under an industrial controlled process and backed by clinical studies, was launched in US under the brand name TransderScop®.

Scientific and technological advances have caused a global increase in the quality of life and health of the population and the public integrates the information of science and technology into their beliefs and personal values ​​to make important decisions in both their health a well as in other aspects of daily life such as social behavior, business or work.

The Latin American surveillance health authorities have made progress year after year with respect to the requirements of product registration in general, seeking the best balance between the safety of its inhabitants, the efficacy of the products and the economic reality of each country.

Transdermal drug delivery systems, also named as “patches”, are controlled release dosage forms designed to deliver a therapeutically effective amount of drug through the skin during the time of application of the product, which may vary between 9 h (methylphenidate) to 148 h (buprenorphine).


In a first and superficial approach to the main market indicators, and in line with some publications, we can have feeling of witnessing the twilight of one the most innovative pharmaceutical forms in the industry,..

Although in 2020 health agencies worldwide were mostly focused in managing the COVID-19 public health emergency, EMA recommended 97 medicines for marketing authorisation. That’s not just a number.

In 1997, the World Health Organization declared April 11th as World Parkinson's Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the birth of James Parkinson, a British neurologist who, in 1817, discovered what he called 'agitating paralysis' and which we know today as Parkinson's disease.

In the pharmaceutical industry, product development is a priority and foundational stage. It is not my intention in this article to refer to the development of new molecules, which is restricted to large companies or companies that can obtain significant funds..

Despite the well-known challenges faced during 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the FDA managed to review and approve 53 new drug therapies. That’s not just a number.

The terms topical and transdermal are sometimes confused. The fact that, by definition, all medications applied onto the skin are topical -that is, applied to the skin surface- may lead to such misconception...

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