Hydrogel Swells to Deliver Drugs

Hydrogel Swells to Deliver Drugs
A hydrogel that can be swallowed to slowly release medicine over time could help encourage patient compliance.

Developed by a team at MIT and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the dehydrated, drug-loaded gel is small enough to be easily swallowed, but will swell when it hits the fluids of the stomach. This keeps the gel in the stomach for up to nine days, allowing it to release the medication over time.

The hydrogel not only ensures the medication is taken in full by the patient, but also eliminates the need for complex dosing regimens.

Hydrogel Swells to Deliver Drugs

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