The Pharmacy On A Chip Implant

Source: MicroChips

Source: MicroChips

Coming soon, whether we like it or not! The Financial Times reports:

A wirelessly controlled implant, which delivers precise drug doses into the patient’s body, has had a successful first clinical trial, bringing the possibility of the “pharmacy on a chip” that could transform drug delivery closer.

Researchers used the microchip device to give seven women with osteoporosis daily doses of a bone-strengthening hormone that was normally injected. The results were announced at the start of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting on Thursday.

The device could transform drug delivery and help usher in a new era of telemedicine – delivering healthcare over a distance – said Robert Langer, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where the project started 15 years ago.

“You could literally have a pharmacy on a chip,” he said. “You can do remote control delivery, you can do pulsatile drug delivery, and you can deliver multiple drugs.”

The trial was organised by MicroChips, the MIT spin-out company developing the technology, and carried out in Denmark where there is special expertise in hormone treatment of osteoporosis…

[continues in the Financial Times]


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7 Comments on "The Pharmacy On A Chip Implant"

  1. Dynamitrios | Feb 17, 2012 at 9:30 am |

    How is that supposed to work? is this thing loaded with every medicine available on the planet or what? seems bogus to me

    • I agree. This is just another one of the overhyped expectations of the 21st century. Either that or a propaganda campaign trying to get us to luv the chip implanatations.

    • noone said it was a universal device. Obviously it would be loaded with whatever the patient needed. Really isn’t as bogus as you would think. (I might say silly though, eventually the thing runs out and it has to be either re-implanted, or it has to have some sort of “tank”, albeit small, to hold the drug.)

  2. Emailforholly | Feb 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm |

    I’d need about 20 of them – and how do you refill that script?

  3. Sounds like something out of an Iain M. Banks novel, I wonder when we can get “drug glands” implanted in our brains? 

  4. Tio Holtzman | Feb 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm |

    Get your mandated dose of soma every other hour on the hour.

  5. Seems like a great idea for old people with elaborate medication schedules. 

    Also, we could use it to implant people with the Mark of the Beast and bring about the End of Days, which is always a plus. 

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