Pill made of needles being developed by MIT

October 1, 2014 7:58 PM

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You probably didn’t like needles growing up, and you likely would’ve done just about anything to avoid getting stabbed by a doctor while your parents calmly allowed it to happen. Today, even if you don’t mind needles anymore, you’d still choose swallowing a pill over getting a shot — if the option were available — every single time. While that sounds like a pipe dream, that option is being made a reality thanks to researchers at MIT. Unfortunately, that reality involves a pill covered in tiny needles.

Sadly, needle injections are still necessary because the harsh environment of the stomach breaks down certain drugs before they’re given the chance to be absorbed. The solution, developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, is a swallowable pill covered in tiny needles that inj...

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