MicroCHIPS, a company in Massachusetts, USA, has just create a device which promises to make life easier for several patients. They developed an implantable and wireless microchip that can deliver drugs directly to the patient’s body.
The devices have controllable reservoirs that hold the medicine. Thus, with the help of a pre-defined program, a wireless transmitter or a built-in sensor, these reservoirs can be opened and closed at any time, releasing the medication instantly and in the correct quantities.
The chips were tested with 7 patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis (bone disease) who were between 65 and 70 years old. With this disease, patients have to receive a daily basis of injections, according to the website Med Gadgets.
All of them received the chips, in an anesthetic and painless method, according to the patients. The process takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The researchers concluded that the device and the combined drugs are biocompatible and that the effect is comparable to the conventional method of injections.
They were also able to prove that the implant can deliver the medication at the right time: “A microchip that releases medication consistently and efficiently for 12 to 24 months can improve bone mass, density, architecture and strength of bones,” says Robert Neer, co-author of the study and Founder and Director of Massachusetts General Hospital and Bone Density Center.
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