New Drug Delivery System Could Mean An End To Regular Dosing

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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.

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Queen Mary, University of London (2009, October 5). 'Micro Shuttle' Drug Delivery Could Mean An End To Regular Dosing. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 5, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2009/10/091001235443.htm
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