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Thread: HP's inkjet tech seeks to replace hypodermic needles

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    What else can inkjet technology be used for? Injecting drugs into humans, according to Hewlett-Packard.

    The company is licensing a medical patch it has developed to Ireland's Crospon that potentially can replace hypodermic needles or pills for delivering vaccines or other types of medication to patients. The patch contains up to 90,000 microneedles per square inch, microprocessors and a thermal unit.

    Medications contained in the patch are heated and then injected through the needles. Processors can monitor drug delivery, deliver doses over extended periods of time or deliver drugs in response to a patient's vital signs (e.g., blood pressure or heart rate), depending on how it is programmed.

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    sear's Avatar Feeling Clamy BT Rep: +3
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    That is some crazy sh**. It seems that it would have some really useful applications for the medical world, but it's probably too complex and expensive to make it practical for drugs.

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    zapjb's Avatar Computer Abuser BT Rep: +3
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    At least the drugs will be cheaper than HP's ink.

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    Darth Sushi's Avatar Sushi Lord
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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    At least the drugs will be cheaper than HP's ink.
    Well, said. It's sometimes cheaper to buy a new printer than buying replacement ink on HP printers. Funny thing is when I moved to Asia, the price is only a tenth of US prices.


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