In the UK, the pharmaceutical industry is no ‘small potato’ in terms of research and development. Most recent numbers show that among all the industries, pharmaceuticals contribute to the maximum research in the country
With a staggering £377.3 million spent on partnerships around research in 2018 alone…
Needless to say, a significant portion of the research deals with how to reduce costs while providing the highest quality drugs and treatment options to patients.
This is why the industry has gradually incorporated the use of non-stick coatings more and more in many of its applications.
So What Were The Challenges the Industry Was Trying to Solve?
The key challenges were seen in 3 categories: Drugs, Medical equipment in hospitals, and lastly, in aftercare equipment.
#1. Drugs: Medicines Were Difficult to Consume
Have you ever tried taking fish oil in its original form? If you were prescribed one, you would know how horrid it tastes, especially to those who hate the fishy smell.
Well, it is no wonder then that these beneficial health supplements began to be sold as capsules so that patients could just swallow them down with a gulp of water.
This revolution first came about in the early nineteenth century when gelatin capsules made of the non-stick coating were administered to those who demanded a more neutral version of the cod-liver oil. Today, it is almost unthinkable to have a capsule that has any kind of unpleasant taste in it, courtesy the use of the non-stick coating.
Another benefit of using a non-stick coating on capsules and tablets arose from the requirement of time-release.
These coatings ensured that the exterior of the capsules dissolved in the stomach gradually, enabling the medicine to start working at an optimum time.
#2. Medical Equipment: Healthcare Equipment Caused Friction and Stains
Surgery is an area where pharmaceutical companies faced major issues when manufacturing equipment. Medical equipment for surgical procedures had to be maintained such that they did not cause any friction during use.
It was also unacceptable that during an operation, tools such as scalpels and needles should not be stained. If they were stained, it would mean that healthcare facilities would have to throw them away and buy new ones.
Just imagine the kind of high operational costs they would run into.
But, how was the staining avoidable when these devices were regularly coming in contact with acidic bodily fluids?
The answer was found in the use of the non-stick coating. This kind of coating began to be used not just on surgical equipment, but also on simpler out-patient procedure medical devices, hospital beds, and more.
The non-stick coating ensures the devices are not stained and are easy to clean.
Thus, hygiene can be maintained at all times. Also, the friction on the tools is lowered and so, the comfort level of patients is also not compromised.
#3. Aftercare Devices: Prone to Infection
It’s not the end for patients and their caregivers after they are discharged from the hospital after a surgical procedure. Aftercare is a process most patients have to go through as well.
In earlier times, when the non-stick coatings were not experimented with, aftercare used to be highly troublesome. Aftercare equipment such as bandages and dressings became unsanitary after every use and had to be discarded.
During the changing process, the lack of coating would make the patient prone to infections and they would often end up going back to the hospital.
However, thanks to the revolutionary coating techniques, aftercare is now a lot simpler. Non-stick coated dressings are easier to change and due to reduced friction, they are less painful to the patient. They are also cost-effective and hygienic.
The Boom of Non-Stick In Pharmacuticals
As pharmaceutical companies in the UK continue to invest heavily in research, using non-stick coatings is proving to be successful.
By curtailing the costs of manufacturing drugs and medical equipment through the use of non-stick coatings, the industry is sure to come up with innovations that benefit the medical fraternity to a large extent.
Hospitals that save on equipment cost can now focus more on investing in patient care and comfort by adding more qualified doctors and nurses and purchasing more efficient, high-end diagnosis and treatment devices.
As to that funny-tasting tablet, know that capsule will not bother your child anymore, thanks to its special coating.
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