Thursday, November 20, 2008

The New iPill - Intelligent pill for drug development

Healthcare IT News reports, "Philips iPill targets treatment for digestive tract diseases" This is a pretty interesting little drug delivery device, fill it up with medication, and it can be programmed to release it as it travels along.

Philips is also known for its FDA-approved "first camera pill" of 2001 used "for diagnostic applications." This new drug delivery device is intelligent pill technology named the 'iPill,' and is designed to aid drug development focusing on new therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, such as colon cancer. Here are some facts about the iPill . . .

  1. The iPill is swallowed and passes through the GI tract naturally
  2. It can be programmed to release medicine
  3. It measures the local acidity along the GI tract and can report its current location
  4. It also reports local temperatures, and does so wirelessly

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