Drugs jet into the human body with new device

06/08/2012

Medical equipment and pharmaceutical companies are funding a research project to develop a device to inject drugs without using needles.

A prototype delivers a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin without the use of a hypodermic needle. It can be programmed to deliver a range of doses to various depths up to 16 mm—and that would be a first. Current jet-injection systems can't do that.

One of the major benefits is the potential to eliminate needle-stick injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, accidental needle pricks affect health care workers 385,000 times annually. Another benefit is a higher inoculation rate.
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