This Product Expands and Stays in the Stomach for a Few Days

By: Mishal Omar - Nov 21, 2016
References: stm.sciencemag.org & gizmodo
The new medicinal pill designed by researchers at MIT and the healthcare firm 'Lyndra' has a game-changing design that could transform the use of medication in the healthcare industry.

The pill is described by the researchers as an "ultra long-acting oral drug delivery system." In its first form, it takes the shape of a pill but upon being swallowed, the capsule unfurls into a star shape. The shape is expansive enough that the pill will not enter the digestive tract while still allowing food to pass through it. After being swallowed, the pill sits in the person's stomach for a week or more and slowly releases medication before breaking down and passing through the digestive system.

These extended-release medicinal pills could have important implications for the health industry by ensuring in one go that people receive adequate treatment for various illnesses.