An anonymous reader writes: The idea is simple--load up a microchip with a whole pharmacy of drugs that are dispensed as needed automatically. The devil has been in the details, since mistakes could kill the patient if, say, a leak developed dumping dangerous cocktais into the bloodstream. This MIT sponsored company, however, claims to have perfected wireless control of a pharmacy-on-a-chip and has just completed the clinical trials to prove it. The test microchip has just 20 doses of a single drug, but their new prorotype will house thousands of pin-prick sized drug reservoirs, after which they will seek FDA approval. The elderly who have complicated drug regimes, and soldiers could both benefit from these smart pharmacies on-a-chip since drugs can be dispensed even if the patient is unconscious!
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