Fear of Needles? Not to Worry, FluGen is Here!

By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

It seems that there is a really neat technology out there that could make vaccination a whole lot easier.  Designed to reduce the pain and fear associated with needle injections, FluGen‘s novel immunization patch delivers the medication just below the skin in a convenient, one-time-use dispenser.

Flugen, a new vaccine delivery system

This reminds me of the “hypospray” devices seen in the Star Trek series.  Unlike the nanomolecule spray gun on TV, this new delivery method works more conventionally, embedding micro needles that you can barely feel into the upper layer of your skin.  The drug is then pushed out and the patch can be discarded.  It is currently in the pre-clinical stage of research.

[Designboom via Dvice]

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8 Responses to Fear of Needles? Not to Worry, FluGen is Here!

  1. Not being rude, but seriously curios here.

    My family has a history of diabetes (both types), and I hate needles, so any advance in this field is great news for us.

    If this only gets the medication under the skin (not deep tissue like hep shots), how is this any easier/cheaper than star-trek-style compressed air injections (yes this does actually exist)?

    • Oh well I believe the TECHNOLOGY for the "hypospray" through the skin is being developed, but the actual application isn't widely developed. As I understand it, the drugs need to be special nano-sized particles that can actually move freely through the skin. That requires a different drug manufacturing process.

      I'm guessing that vaccines may need to be changed a bit for the FluGen delivery system, but not as dramatically and they can stay relatively "micro" sized.

      • I definitely remember seeing the technology on a Program called "Tomorrows World" back in the late 70`s, they actually managed to fire the spray through a sheet of paper without tearing it. But then the same TV show around the same time demonstrated a 1 million round per second gun, this is only just starting to appear properly as the "Metal-Storm" system

  2. Not being rude, but seriously curios here.

    My family has a history of diabetes (both types), and I hate needles, so any advance in this field is great news for us.

    If this only gets the medication under the skin (not deep tissue like hep shots), how is this any easier/cheaper than star-trek-style compressed air injections (yes this does actually exist)?

    • Oh well I believe the TECHNOLOGY for the “hypospray” through the skin is being developed, but the actual application isn’t widely developed. As I understand it, the drugs need to be special nano-sized particles that can actually move freely through the skin. That requires a different drug manufacturing process.

      I’m guessing that vaccines may need to be changed a bit for the FluGen delivery system, but not as dramatically and they can stay relatively “micro” sized.

  3. when i was in the navy we got some of our shots with a air gun that pushes the meds in through the skin and pores with no needle . this has been around over 20 years .the only draw back to it is if you tense up your muscles when they give it to you it can cut the skin and lead to some major bleeding .

    as for this new method i love it . having a phobia of needles myself this would make me more willing to get shots instead of lying about how long ago i got them to avoid getting more shots lol

  4. when i was in the navy we got some of our shots with a air gun that pushes the meds in through the skin and pores with no needle . this has been around over 20 years .the only draw back to it is if you tense up your muscles when they give it to you it can cut the skin and lead to some major bleeding .

    as for this new method i love it . having a phobia of needles myself this would make me more willing to get shots instead of lying about how long ago i got them to avoid getting more shots lol

  5. I definitely remember seeing the technology on a Program called “Tomorrows World” back in the late 70`s, they actually managed to fire the spray through a sheet of paper without tearing it. But then the same TV show around the same time demonstrated a 1 million round per second gun, this is only just starting to appear properly as the “Metal-Storm” system