Tags: remote-controlled | birth control | implant

Remote-Controlled Birth Control? Implant Would Deliver Daily Dosage

Monday, 07 Jul 2014 08:41 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Remote-controlled birth control may be an option in the future if a Massachusetts startup gets approval for an implant that users can switch on or off using a wireless remote.

MicroCHIPS will begin preclinical testing next year of its product that would use implants in the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen to deliver a birth control medication at will. The implants would last 16 years.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

MIT Technology Review described the way the device works: “Sixteen years’ worth of the hormone fits in tiny reservoirs on a microchip 1.5 centimeters wide inside the device. MicroCHIPS invented a hermetic titanium and platinum seal on the reservoirs containing the levonorgestrel. Passing an electric current through the seal from an internal battery melts it temporarily, allowing a small dose of the hormone to diffuse out each day.”

“The idea of using a thin membrane like an electric fuse was the most challenging and the most creative problem we had to solve,” MicroCHIPS President Robert Farra told MIT.

Dosages could be adjusted remotely, in addition to being turned completely on or off, MIT said.

The idea for such a device was born when Bill Gates and colleagues visited Robert Langer’s MIT lab. They asked Langer if it would be possible to create such a birth control device, and Langer took on the challenge, MIT said. He used a controlled release microchip technology he, along with Michael Cima and John Santini, invented in the 1990s.

Boston.com said the company would like to offer the remote-controlled birth control by 2018.

MicroCHIPS technology was tested in 2012 with a different medication, using it on post-menopausal women with osteoporosis.

"This trial demonstrates how [drugs] can be delivered through an implantable device that can be monitored and controlled remotely, providing new opportunities to improve treatment for patients and to realize the potential of telemedicine,” Langer said in a news release about the 2012 test.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved