Three sentences on needles | Day 47

All this week, I’m practising three sentence science, as piloted by the online magazine Nautilus.

Swallowing needles could replace injections

While taking a pill is more pleasant that having an injection, certain drugs can’t be ingested because they are broken down in the stomach without reaching the bloodstream. A 2cm long capsule containing tiny 5mm stainless steel needles can successfully deliver such drugs as insulin straight into the lining of the gastrointestinal tract without pain. Researchers trialled the needle-ridden capsule in pigs and found it to be not only safe, but also able to deliver drugs more quickly and efficiently. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences | Video

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