For years, we have been wasting time by taking medicine, vitamins, and various other drugs the hard way. First we uncap the childproof bottle and shake out way more capsules than necessary into the palm of our hands. Then, we select the one or two pills we’ll be taking, pour a glass of water, place it at the very back of our tongues, and swallow a huge gulp of water. Lots of people go through this process day after day, but what if it didn’t have to be that way?
MicroCHIPS is a company that has created an electronic drug delivery system that is small enough to fit on your fingertip. The 20mm x 7mm microchip is implanted under the skin of your stomach, your upper arm, or your rear-end! Tiny banks in the chip store the drug to be delivered. An internal battery sends an electric current through the device. A seal made of platinum and titanium then temporarily melts and allows the drug to be released each day.
The microchip can release the drug every day for up to 16 years, but also allows the user to turn off the device when necessary. This may not be a wise choice when dealing with medicines that are prescribed for everyday use, like insulin for diabetes, but it is a nice option when dispensing birth control.
Current uses for the device involve levonorgestrel, a hormone usually used in contraceptives. With MircroCHIPS’ invention, users no longer have to remember to take a pill, but when they are ready to conceive, a remote control can be used to switch the chip off. But don’t worry, the communication between the remote and the implant has to occur at skin contact, so no one can reprogram your implant from across the room.
So, if you had access to MicroCHIPS’ device, what would you fill it with?