Printer technology may let tiny needles deliver drugs

The same technology that Hewlett-Packard printers use to squirt ink soon could be administering drugs to patients through thousands of tiny needles embedded in a skin patch.

And just like a cartridge that can fire different colors, this new smart patch would be able to deliver several medications – at various doses and times, according to a person’s needs.

Today, the world’s largest personal computer and printer manufacturer plans to announce a licensing agreement with an Irish company to develop the drug delivery system, which could be ready as soon as 2010.

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle

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