Meds on a Chip
Big news from the Boston Globe:
Drug-delivery chip implant shows promise
Futuristic device advances in small osteoporosis trial
It sounds like science fiction: A doctor implants a device about the size of a domino just under the skin near a patient’s waistline. Over weeks, tiny sealed wells on a chip embedded on the device open one by one to release a potent drug on a schedule sent to it wirelessly.
A delivery mechanism such as this won't work for all treatment regimens, only circumstances where the drug dosage will fit on a small chip.
Still, for the treatments where it will work, this will save a a huge amount of time for both the patient and the caregiver. Plus the patients no longer have to worry about missing doses, misreading directions, or the discomfort of numerous injections. Very nice.