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"We're about 20 minutes away from the point where Clarke's law kicks in and technology becomes indistinguishable from magic."
- Peter Watts

Transdermal Drug Capsule  
  A drug capsule that delivers medication by being placed on the skin.  

Director Jason Dill has had a difficult day; he would like to calm down immediately.

"Dog eat dog," he said aloud...

Jason Dill put down the form. He opened a drawer of his desk and got out a flat metal tin; from it he took a capsule which he placed against his wrist. At once the capsule dissolved through the dermal layers; he felt it go into his body, passing into his blood stream to begin work without delay. A tranquilizer... one of the newest ones in the long, long series.

From Vulcan's Hammer, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1960
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This is a very early science-fictional use of this concept. As far as I can find out, the first transdermal drug patches were not commercially available until 1979 (for self-administration of scopolamine for motion sickness).

Modern-day (real-life) transdermal drug delivery patches offer significant advantages:

  • Multi-day doses from a single action
  • No injection trauma or complaints (leading to greater patient compliance for self-administered medications)
  • Direct control of drug administration to bloodstream increases efficacy and decreases incidence of dosage peaks and troughs
  • Patch confirms that drug is being administered
  • Perfect for delivery of drugs that have short half-lives, are too potent to be delivered orally or cannot be delivered through inhalation
  • Patch bypasses gastrointestinal tract avoids metabolism in the liver, bypassing the problem of liver toxicity.

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