Constructing the Infusion Device of the Future

by Ken Fine, Proven Process President

Traditional infusion therapy involves intravenous administration of fluids through a needle or catheter. Less common drug infusions are provided through other non-oral routes, such as intramuscular injections and epidural routes. Until the 1980s, such treatments were always done in hospitals. Mounting pressure to control healthcare costs is leading to more in-home and outpatient infusion therapy considerations, where possible.

Meanwhile, more novel infusion techniques and devices are being developed to administer a wide range of treatments including entirely new modalities, in addition to new and more effective drugs. Therapeutic agents are emerging that are more complex than soluble drugs. Crossing the blood/brain barrier is an important challenge with great potential for new treatment breakthroughs.... Download the complete article....