New Medical Device developed for drug delivery system

Necessity is the mother of invention


Last Updated on August 21, 2021 by The Health Master

Prayagraj: A team of experts from the field of biochemistry, medicines, orthopaedic and surgery, including an assistant professor from the Department of Biochemistry in Allahabad University, Munish Pandey, have designed a medical device through which medicine or Nano-medicine can be delivered directly into the muscles of the patients.

The medical device has an inbuilt needle and the doctors can also control the quantity of the drug or any other medicine being administered to the patient through the medical device. The Kolkata-based Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, has recognized the patent for this design for 20 years.

The story behind developing this medical device by professor Pandey and experts of other institutions proves the saying that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’.

“This idea clicked me in December last when my wife Vandana fractured her leg. For the next four months, she had to be hospitalised every 15 days. Doctors used to deliver medicine to the body through a drip which was both cumbersome and often the liquid would come out of the needle and spillover.

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Following this, she used to bleed and developed swelling on the part the drip was administered. Witnessing the pain and suffering of my wife, I thought of developing a medical device which could deliver the medicine into the muscles,” said Pandey.

A team of experts from different fields started developing the medical device on the idea derived by Pandey. When the medical device was ready, the team applied for getting it patented and the same has been approved. “If we get an offer for industrial production of the medical device, we will consider the same,” said Pandey.

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This medical device can be pasted over the part of the hand where the medicine has to be administered through the muscle. It also has a syringe and a button and by pressing this button, medicine or vaccine can be delivered to the patient’s body as needed.

Pandey added, “Medicine can be delivered directly into the muscle of patients suffering from chronic disease. With this medical device, nanomedicine drugs, i.e. drugs that are in microscopic amounts, can also be easily delivered to the muscles and this will also reduce the side effects”.

Dr Santosh Singh, Surgeon of Motilal Nehru Medical College, says, “The medical device also has a mechanism that it locks itself at a time when fluid starts flowing backwards. In this sense, this invention will prove to be very beneficial for the medical world.”

Apart from Munish Pandey, the team members include Dr Sivakumar Vijayaraghavalu of Narayana Translational Research Center and Narayana Medical College, Nellore, Selvam Arjunan — Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Science in Ramaya University, Bengaluru, S Vijayananda and Challaraj Emmanuel — Associate Professor of Life Sciences at Krishna Jayanti College, Bengaluru, Dr P Rajarajan — Head of the Department of Microbiology at Indian Academic Degree College, Bengaluru, Dr UB Yadav — Senior surgeon of Prayagraj, Dr P Karthageyan of Puducherry and research students including Zainab Feroze, Priyanka Gautam and Anurag Mishra.

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