When it comes to getting young children to take their medicine, the time-honoured spoonful of sugar still works. An innovative new product inspired by the humble drinking straw, however, may be as successful without bribing the sweet tooth.
The dose-dripping syringe developed by drug maker Sandoz and Raumedic, a supplier of contract services to medtech manufacturers, ensures that the precise dose of medication is consumed by the young patient. Moreover, studies and surveys report that this form of drug delivery is perceived as a positive experience by children. (It also had its heyday among another cohort in the 1980s, but that’s another story.) Raumedic is exhibiting at the forthcoming Pharmapack event in Paris.
The dose-sipping syringe works in the following manner:
- The pharmacist sets the adjustable stopper to the correct dosage (see image above).
- The patient or caregiver inserts the connector into the bottleneck and attaches the dose-sipping syringe to the adapter.
- The dose-sipping syringe and bottle are turned upside down; the syringe draws up medication until it reaches the stopper.
- The medicine can be administered by squirting it into the patient’s mouth or by putting it in a drink and sipping it together with the medicine.
The benefits, according to Raumedic and Sandoz, are ease of dosing, handling and dispensing, and dosage accuracy.
In addition to assisting in the development and manufacture of drug delivery systems, Raumedic provides rapid prototyping, material development, injection moulding, extrusion, assembly, end packaging, sterilisation and certification services. The company will be on stand 366 at Pharmapack in the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris on 23 and 24 February.Norbert Sparrow