Researchers develop new painless microneedle system

CBC reported on UBC research that may make monitoring a drug easier and less painful.

Engineering PhD student Sahan Ranamukhaarachchi created a small microneedle patch that measures the drug vancomycin in a patient’s system based on concentrations in fluid just under the top layer of skin. The device does not need to draw blood for the analysis.

“The devices are designed to go through the outer layer of your skin, and penetrate into the next layers of the skin, which won’t cause any pain or bleeding,” said Ranamukhaarachchi.

A similar article appeared on Global News.