12/8/16 Scientists at the University of Texas created a micro component implantable capsule filled with medicine that uses 5,000 nanochannels to regulate the release of the medicine. This allows enough medicine to be in the human body to work on the ailment, while not being too much to make a person sick. This capsule can delivery doses for a few days or up to a few weeks. It can be used for any kind of ailment that needs localized delivery over a set period of time, which makes is especially tailored for treating ailments like cancer. A larger version of the device would be able to treat HIV for up to a year.
This current prototype is injected under the skin and is permanent until surgically removed. The researchers are now working on a swallowable biodegradable version.