An ingestible pill with needles could be the new form of injection

October 3, 2014 3:19 PM

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An ingestible pill with needles could be the new form of injection

The microneedle pill has hollow needles, and when it reaches the desired location in the digestive tract, the pH-sensitive coating surrounding the capsule dissolves, allowing the drug to be released through the microneedles.

The researchers, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), have published the results of their study - which tested the microneedle pill in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of pigs - in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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