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Drug-delivery chip implant shows promise

Futuristic device advances in small osteoporosis trial

By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / February 17, 2012
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It sounds like science fiction: a doctor implants a device about the size of a domino just under the skin near a patient’s waistline. Over the course of weeks, tiny sealed wells on a chip embedded on the device open one by one, to release a potent drug on a schedule sent to it wirelessly. But the futuristic scenario is real. Scientists reported yesterday the first successful use of the novel technology in a small number of osteoporosis patients.

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