Wednesday 26 June 2019

How new 'digital pill' will be able to deliver drugs using smartphone

 

The pill that can communicate from inside a patient
The pill that can communicate from inside a patient

Joseph Archer

A "digital pill" that can be ingested and controlled wirelessly via a smartphone app to deliver drugs has been designed by scientists in the US in an effort to reduce surgical procedures.

A "digital pill" that can be ingested and controlled wirelessly via a smartphone app to deliver drugs has been designed by scientists in the US in an effort to reduce surgical procedures.

The device could be used to provide drugs to users for various diseases that require long-term medication, according to its developers.

The capsule could also detect infections or an allergic reaction, which would then allow a secondary feature to release antibiotics or antihistamines from the pill in response, its creators claim.

The pill is controlled externally using Bluetooth and is assembled using 3D-printing techniques, where material is precisely layered on top of each other.

It dissolves when eaten, allowing its arms to expand and lodge themselves in the stomach. It eventually breaks down and leaves the body after 36 days.

Irish Independent

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