the delivery of a drug by applying it to the exterior of the skin or other tissue exterior, like a mucous membrane. The drug is absorbed via the exterior and generates its impacts on underlying tissues. Some therapeutic drugs which are poorly absorbed via the skin are developed with inert compounds with better penetrating powers, that operate as carriers.

TOPICAL APPLICATION: "You should only use the medication for topical application, not oral."
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