Scuba valve inspires cheap drug delivery

2019-03-03 04:15:01

By Rachel Nowak in Melbourne A SIMPLE gas pump that slowly dispenses drugs via an intravenous drip could soon make it easier to treat seriously ill people at home, in remote communities without electricity or even on the battlefield. Many of the drugs used for cancer chemotherapy or as painkillers have to be slowly infused intravenously at an precisely controlled rate. This normally requires patients to be connected to a computer-controlled pump, often for several hours or longer. Portable versions for use at home are expensive,