A pill to resolve the problems and complications of failed dosing schedules, and maintenance of long-term medication is on its way to coming to life. Researchers are completing their concept study of this form of drug, which can save billions of life.
Basically, this pill's special feature is, it can prolong the effect of medication in the body for weeks or months with just one take. Definitely useful for those who forget their medication schedule, as well as for people living in third world countries.
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston came up with this solution. They created a pill that changes its form once in the stomach, making it invulnerable with the digestion process. These researchers have tried the pill to pigs, and got good results.
The pill works this way: normally, our digestive process is too powerful that the stomach pushes every bit of food to the intestines. Medications we take are not exempted. After swallowing drugs, they're also digested by the stomach and the remaining materials are pushed to the intestines to be excreted out of the body.
Researchers found a way to keep the pills in the stomach for a longer period of time. They came up with a pill concept that changes its form into a star-like shape when it reaches the stomach, allowing it to stay.
This pill has specific materials that enables it to release gradual doses of medication in the body. The doses are released within its appropriate schedule, automatically releasing the right doses at the right time, out into the blood stream.
When the pill has released all of its active ingredients in the body, its remaining materials will then be pushed to the intestines, following its excretion from the body.
Studies show that less than 50 percent of people drink their medication on time. Fortunately for us, this concept is the solution to that problem.
It is also great news for most people who hate drinking medicine. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who hate the taste and the feel of taking medications. Though strawberry flavored drugs are quite bearable for the palate, other flavors are not a big help. Especially, those cherry-flavored liquid medications. Who on Earth like those? I know no one.
So, hooray for this innovation! What do you think?