Researchers are developing an artificial tooth that automatically releases drugs. The device, called Intellidrug, works by holding the drug in tablet form in a reservoir which will release the drug. It might be used for conditions that require a constant level of drug in the blood, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
“With this system, we can time the dosage to take place – even when the patient is sleeping.
“We can easily adjust the dosage in line with the patient’s needs, dependent on sex or weight.”
Also, it might be useful for those with chronic conditions.
“About 50% of people with chronic conditions do not take their medicines correctly and that in turn costs the health service money.”
Forgetting to take medicine may be a thing of the past as researchers close in on creating an artificial tooth which automatically releases medicine.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 11:09 GMT