The chip-based drug-delivery implant (right), with a USB drive for scale (Photo: MicroCHIPS)
Scientists are reporting success in the first human trial of a chip-based implant that delivers doses of medication (Photo: MIT)
Much as anyone with a medical condition wants to get better, it can often be difficult to get patients to stick to their medication regimens. This is particularly true for patients who are required to give themselves injections – a time-consuming and unpleasant procedure that it’s easy to “forget” to do. Scientists from MIT and Massachusetts-based company MicroCHIPS Inc., however, have come up with what could be a solution. Yesterday, they announced success in the first clinical trial of an implantable chip-based device, that automatically delivered regular doses of medication to osteoporosis sufferers.
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