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Health Report 1/27/13 "Pharmacy on a chip"

Health Report: <span style="font-family:Arial">Pharmacy on a chip.</span>
January 27th, 2013

Have you ever forgotten to take your daily meds?

Well, you're not alone!

Studies show, about 50 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed.

Lou Baxter shows us how researchers are hoping to change that.

 

What if you could take these? or even all of this and put it on this?

 

Michael Cima, PhD, MIT Professor of Engineering: "It's possible that each of those containers can have a different drug in them."

 

MIT's Doctor Michael Cima helped create the first pharmacy on a chip.

It can be programmed wirelessly to release medication from tiny reservoirs.

 

Osteoporosis patients, who have to inject themselves with bone growth drugs every day, were the first to test it.

 

 

"This was implanted just below the beltline underneath the skin."

 

 A month long study showed the implant delivered the drug, comparable to the patient's usual daily injection, with no adverse side effects.

 

 In another MIT lab: "It's really pretty exciting."

 

Carl Schoellhammer is testing high and low frequency ultrasound as a way to painlessly deliver drugs through the top layer of skin. You can see how the sound waves suspend the bubbles in this solution.

 

Carl Schoellhammer, MIT post-doctoral candidate: "And eventually these bubbles become unstable, and they implode; that causes a little jet that hits the skin."

 

This makes the skin permeable, so a patch of medication or even a vaccine could be applied and absorbed into the body without needles and: "without the fear of transmitting any disease from person to person."

 

 Two new technologies taking the hurt and hassle out of drug delivery.

 

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