Apothecus Pharmaceutical Corp. has received a patent for a new method of delivering medication to animals -- a film that dissolves in the mouth. 

The company says its unique approach uses a dissolvable film and that it could be used to medicate pets or livestock. Other application patents are pending.

Once the dissoluble film is inserted into the animal's mouth or onto its tongue, it becomes tacky and adheres to the inside of the oral cavity, making it virtually impossible to expel, company officials point out. The medication's active ingredients in film form, created through the manufacturing process, are then absorbed quickly and directly through the buccal (cheek) membrane without having to pass through the animal's digestive system.

"Our new system will not only be effective for dogs and cats, but can be used for bovine, equine, and other large animal uses as well," says Daniel Leon, president of Apothecus.

Among marketing options the company officials plan to pursue is to license the new delivery process to drug companies with well-established distribution lines in the veterinary industry.

"We can deliver an entire range of medications and antibiotics in a form that is effective, easy to administer and comfortable for the animal," says Leon.

Headquartered in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and privately held, Apothecus Pharmaceutical Corp. markets a line of leading over-the-counter film products. 

Apothecus Pharmaceutical Corp. via Business Wire.