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Sep 14 2007   11:45AM GMT

Printer technology to deliver medication



Posted by: SarahCortes
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medicine
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Technology

I’m sure we all have an old laser printer or two around the house – you know, the one that’s sits in the corner unplugged, gathering dust.  One of these days, we’ll put it up for sale on eBay or Craigslist.  One of these days.  Well, that printer just might contain technology that can aid in medical treatment!

Victoria Colliver, reporting in a San Francisco Chronicle article earlier this week, highlighted printer technology from HP that can be adapted for use in administering drugs to patients.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

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.

This is great stuff.  I will think about it the next time I’m buying a toner cartridge for the one printer that I do have plugged in.

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