New Implantable Microchips to Medicate Patients

Friday, February 17, 2012
By Paul Martin

Andre Evans
Friday, February 17, 2012

Microtechnology is on the horizon and offers a new frontier of possibilities in many aspects of human life.

While there are twofold implications for this application of technology, its potential use for medical application has been the subject of recent attention. Individuals who receive daily injections for medicine could instead rely on an implantable microchip device, which is currently being developed for practical use.

Many people don’t like to receive medicine in pill form and the complications that go with it, even more so with needle injected medication. The use of this remote controlled microchip technology can offer a more efficient and directed application of medicine for such people. That said, the pharmaceutical-based ‘medications’ oftentimes do little to cure the underlying diseases.

In a study conducted by MicroChips Inc, the manufacturer of this technology, researchers tested the device by using it on seven postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. The device is controlled remotely to deliver doses of a bone-forming hormone, in a similar manner to that of an injection or other application.

While the subjects were only tested for 20 days, the findings will enable the developers of this technology to create similar micro implantable devices that work for a whole year. Many patients rarely follow full prescription plans for their given medication. The peer-reviewed study was published online by the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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