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Pump Delivers Drug Doses Over Time

Posted February 05, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The tiny, implantable drug-delivery pump for type 2 diabetes, being developed by Intarcia Therapeutics, works by releasing a drug into a patient's body over time, overcoming the problems that some patients have complying with a schedule of injections. Researchers now are looking to broaden their focus to HIV as well.


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Re: Pump Delivers Drug Doses Over Time

02/06/2017 5:33 AM

I have a few friends who might benefit from this device, so I followed up the story here. I particularly like the part about the insertion procedure: "The physician ... will use a local aesthetic agent to numb the area." I take it this means he will employ a pretty nurse.

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02/06/2017 9:13 PM

I am a Type 1 diabetic and have worn a device to give me insulin 24x7 for over six years.

My pump assembly is worn on my belt and must be filled with insulin about once a week. The cannula (delivery site) inserted in my stomach has to be replaced every 3-5 days.

So I'm sure it is a type of technology to he ME, but I know progress is made all the time!!

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