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Gloup dorenkler svelging av tabletter og kapsle

The history of Gloup

Created and developed within a nursing context

It was a Dutch home-carer who came up with the idea for a lubricating-gel for swallowing medicines. One of his patients had major problems when it came to swallowing medicines. The local pharmacist made a special gel for this patient out of algae as they have a slippery consistency. The test gel was the solution for this patient's problems taking medicines. He was able to swallow his medication easily, without even drinking water.

The idea for Gloup® was born. Scientific research was then conducted into the best formulation of the product over a number of years. Many slippery substances were investigated and, ultimately, the most suitable were selected for further research.

It was very important, however, that the product was more than just a slippery substance. Another problem with medicines is that they have a horrible taste. Both during consumption and afterwards. The addition of a natural aroma to the lubricant meant that this problem was largely resolved. It is also well-known that the moistness of the mouth and throat cavity impacts upon the ability to swallow. Water alone cannot help with this problem.

The product, therefore, had to offer a solution for this too. The end product was tested in three important areas:

  • Lubrication
  • Taste
  • Moistness

In order to make Gloup® suitable for as many people as possible, a sugar-free sweetener and gluten-free ingredients have been used. Gloup® is also free from allergens. In December 2010, the product was sufficiently developed for a patent application to be submitted. Two short years later, the patent was issued for this unique product in the Netherlands, the first country to issue a patent for Gloup®. Other countries swiftly followed.

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