Taking a Shot in the Stomach…

 

   Insulin is a lifeline for a person with diabetes. However, it is a protein based drug that is much more beneficial if is administered directly into the bloodstream. Researchers have come up with a pill that will enable you to swallow a needle. A pill, the size of a multi-vitamin, is swallowed containing the needles. The coating of the capsule is dissolved and the drug is administered by a series of needles directly into the gastrointestinal tract. The solid needles are made from sugars or polymers. There is a small reservoir in the capsule containing the insulin and through the action of peristalsis (squeezing of the intestinal tract) the drug is pushed through the needles and administered directly into the bloodstream. So far testing has only been done on animals and has been very promising. If successful it will be useful also in treating many autoimmune diseases as well as cancer.
–Source National Geographic–