Implant Finishes Trials in Texas, Aiming To Help Diabetics Remember Medications

A study into an implant that can automatically deliver medication to diabetic patients is now concluding its trial phase. The implant can read blood glucose levels and deliver medication automatically in response to them.

The implant aims to replace oral medications and injections for type 2 diabetics. Part of the study took place in San Antonio, Texas where doctors say it's common for diabetics to fail to refill prescriptions.

The implant resides under the patient's skin and monitors glucose levels in the blood continually.

The implant can be removed and replaced as easily as a blood draw is done and lasts for about six months in most type 2 diabetics. The study results could mean that the Food and Drug Administration will approve the device by the end of 2017 and the study's sponsors are hopeful that this will be the case.

Once approved by the FDA, the device can be offered on the market as an alternative for doctors to recommend to patients. Until then, costs and insurance coverages will remain unknown.

Source: FoxSanAntonio.com

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