Pills with tiny needles deliver drugs to the body no worse than injections

According to statistics, about 20% of residentspost-Soviet countries suffer from trypanophobia - fear of syringes and injections. The occurrence of this phobia is not surprising, because for sure every person in childhood was given rather painful injections in the buttock and these memories still make doctors afraid. And sometimes you can not do without injections, because some drugs are useless in the form of tablets - they lose all their healing properties in the acidic environment of the stomach. However, scientists from the US state of Massachusetts figured out how to solve this problem. They developed a tiny capsule that, when swallowed, withstands the effects of the aggressive environment of the stomach and injects the drug into the intestinal walls with tiny needles.

Fear of drugs, in turn, is called pharmacophobia

According to researchers, the human intestinesis one of the best places to administer drugs. They have at least two reasons for this assumption. Firstly, the intestinal surface has a huge area of ​​250 square meters, so a capsule with tiny needles can inject drugs almost anywhere and not miss. Secondly, in this area of ​​the gastrointestinal tract there are practically no nerve endings, so the process of drug administration should be completely painless.

From now on, you can not be afraid of injections

A pill that could save doctors in the futureand patients from injections, it is very simple. When a person swallows a capsule, it enters the stomach and bypasses the acidic environment without harm due to the coating of a resistant polymer. Once in the intestine, the capsule opens three “wings” with millimeter needles containing the drug. Having pierced the walls of the intestine, they release the medicine and begin to dissolve. In general, there is no need for an injection in the buttock or other part of the body - just drink a pill and wait a bit.

It looks like an open capsule

How to normalize blood sugar?

Researchers believe that with suchcapsules you can take completely different medicines. However, special emphasis is placed on insulin, because patients with diabetes are forced to inject it themselves as injections almost every day. Not only is this a very unpleasant process, but even from numerous injections on the skin of a person, irritation and allergic reactions can occur. By taking pills, all of these effects can be easily avoided.

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Scientists have tested medicinal capsuleson laboratory pigs and everything went just fine. The tablet passed through the aggressive environment of the stomach without any problems and released the drug under more benign conditions of the intestine. Researchers are convinced that tiny needles do not harm human tissues and penetrate only to a safe depth of the intestinal wall, and therefore do not cause any side effects.

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However, at the moment, scientists have othermethods for normalizing blood sugar in diabetics. For example, in 2018, Swiss scientists developed special capsules that begin to release insulin every time a person drinks coffee. This alternative to daily injections is also noteworthy, but the idea with needle capsules still seems more interesting and promising. What do you think?