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Jan 18
2011

No more shots: New magnetic pill system

Posted by jfrancis in vaccine 2011 , new shot method , new pill system , new

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If you had the option of getting a pill or a shot when visiting the doctshot vs. pillor many of us would ask for the pill hands down. It's quick, simple, and a lot less painful. Unfortunately many of us do not have this option because of the fact that pills, along with other orally administered medications, do not dissolve at the exact location in the gastrointestinal tract needed that would allow it to be absorbed into the blood stream. Thanks to researches at Brown University this may soon change because of their new magnetic pill system.

This harmless system works by holding a pill in place inside the intestines wherever it needs to be. It is believed that this new breakthrough could allow a whole new way to deliver drugs to patients, including those with cancer and diabetes. This system can also allow scientists to understand where in the intestines different drugs are best absorbed.

So far the magnetic pill system has only been tested on rats, but progress to larger animals is on the way. How this system works relies on two key components. An ordinary looking gel capsule containing a tiny magnet and an external magnet that can sense the force between it and the capsule and alter that force as necessary to pull the pill as needed. And because the pill is detectable by x-rays, the researchers have been able to track the pill as it passed through the rats.