A New Non-Invasive Method in the Works


By: Radha McLean

Someday, you could get your insulin by slapping a patch on your skin and activating delivery with an ultrasonic device, say researchers in Pennsylvania, who posted a paper on the subject at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in June.

The system under development, called the U-strip, consists of a transdermal patch containing insulin and an electronically controlled ultrasonic device. Researchers say the Humulin R insulin used during research remained undestroyed even after 24 hours of low-frequency ultrasound. The device can be programmed to deliver both basal and pre-meal insulin dosages on an individual basis.



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