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Drug Delivery Companies Hop On the Transdermal Express

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Transdermal drug delivery has come a long way since the first patch for seasickness. In a drug delivery device industry on track to reach almost $23 billion by the year 2011 (according to "US Markets for Drug and Fluid Delivery Devices," published in October 2007 by Windhover Information's Medtech Insight division) the transdermal sector will grow at a faster rate than injection or inhalation drug delivery systems. Transdermal delivery technologies will grow at a compound annual rate of more than 11% over the next four years, building up to sales of $3.5 billion in the year 2011.

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