Eliminating Pills and Syringes from Patient Care

December 16, 2015

"According to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report, Americans’ noncompliance with medical prescriptions costs between $100 billion and $289 billion and leads to 125,000 deaths each year. So biomedical engineers Michael Cima and Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to simply eliminate user error: a fingernail-size microchip, embedded beneath the skin, that directly delivers tiny drug doses to the body. The devices function like glands and release chemicals into the body over the course of years, making them ideal to treat chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis. Moreover, the chips are programmable, so dosages can be released on schedule or triggered by remote control. Clinical trials began in 2011, and this June, Cima and Langer struck a $35 million deal with Teva Pharmaceutical, the world’s largest generic-drug producer, to start developing the system commercially." - Global Thinkers

 

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