New Drug Delivery System Could Mean An End To Regular Dosing
News Category: Clinical News
10/05/2009 0 Comments Contact Our News Editors
Scientists working at Queen Mary, University of London, have developed micrometer-sized capsules to safely deliver drugs inside living cells.
In the future, this technique could allow full courses of prescription drugs to be effectively 'shrink-wrapped' and buried under the skin or inside the body.
These "micro shuttles" can be loaded with a specific dose of medication and be opened remotely, releasing their contents.
Using this new technique, drugs - like insulin for managing diabetes - could be implanted inside the body for use when they are needed. Their release could then be prompted by a biological trigger like a drop in blood sugar levels, or activated manually with a pulse of light.