Why taking a pill may not work

The Los Angeles Times introduces mainstream readers to the idea of new, innovative methods of drug delivery replacing traditional oral methods. It's a short article, but does an effective job of outlining why there's a drug-delivery revolution taking place in the pharmaceutical industry. "In addition to dreaming up higher-tech pills, scientists are also working on drug delivery approaches that don't go the oral route. There is a reason for that: Many innovative drugs don't work as pills." The paper lists MicroCHIPS of Bedford, MA, as one company offering an alternative--an implantable pump to deliver human parathyroid hormone marketed as Forteo, the only drug that can actually rebuild bone in women with osteoporosis. Article

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