Drug delivery capsule may replace injections

October 1, 2014 12:33 PM

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Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those made from large proteins, can’t be given as a pill because they get broken down in the stomach before they can be absorbed.

To help overcome that obstacle, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have devised a novel drug capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. In animal studi...

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