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HP's Inkjet Technology Used to Administer Drugs

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the slap-on-a-stim-patch dept.

HP 113

jedrick conner writes "Hewlett-Packard's microneedle technology, used in its inkjet cartridges, could soon be used in transdermal patches to deliver a time-controlled release of drugs to patients. Still at the prototype stage, the patch will likely be 25 mm square in size and 3 mm thick. It will incorporate an array of microneedles that are between 75 and 100 microns, which will penetrate the top dry layer of the skin, also known as the stratum corneum. Above the microneedles is an array of wells, [and] those wells can hold one or more drugs, the device has "an active mechanism to push the drug through the needle"."

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113 comments

Can't wait (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581125)

Can't wait till we see the black-market "refill kits" for these.

It's... getting... sooohoho... coooold.

Vista drivers??? (1, Troll)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581257)

I am keen to try out this new technology. Will HP be releasing Vista drivers soon?

Blue screen (2, Funny)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581693)

Hmm, this puts the Blue Screen of Death in a whole new light.

Re:Vista drivers??? (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583083)

Probably not but feel free to admire their open source Linux drivers while you wait. :)
http://hpoj.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

Yes they are made by HP and are fully featured including scanning and network support.

Re:Vista drivers??? (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583095)

Whoops thats the old url.

http://hplip.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] is the new drivers.

Re:Vista drivers??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20584339)

Haaahaaahaaa, it said "penetrate"!

TAG IT NOW!

Re:Can't wait (1)

PoliTech (998983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581483)

Black Market? I keep thinking of the government issued tattoo, Idiocracy style.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhvOja6QfkA [youtube.com]

And there I was all worried about RFID chip implants.

Toner Refills (5, Funny)

sweatyboatman (457800) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581131)

The printer comes free with your doctor's prescription. But it only comes with enough ink for one patch and refills are $1000.

Re:Toner Refills (2, Funny)

kbob88 (951258) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581179)

That's OK. There's a guy down the street who refills the patches for cheap, using no-name brands from China. What could go wrong? A little lead paint mixed in with the drug won't hurt will it? It's only my health, right?

It's just like what we have now (2, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581373)

and refills are $1000.

so it's very similar to a regular inkjet printer then, isn't it?

Re:It's just like what we have now (2, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582229)

and refills are $1000.
so it's very similar to a regular inkjet printer then, isn't it?
Only these refills are a lot cheaper than regular inkjet refills.

Re:It's just like what we have now (1)

indifferent children (842621) | more than 6 years ago | (#20585697)

No, the only way that HP could find a substance more expensive than inkjet ink, was to team-up with Big Pharma.

Re:Toner Refills (1, Informative)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581403)

DAMN! I thought this was FUNNY. Too bad I don't have moderator points...

Re:Toner Refills (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581551)

But it only comes with enough ink for one patch and refills are $1000.

And every time you clean the printer heads, you get a drug overdose.

Re:Toner Refills (1)

subl33t (739983) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581669)

You can get them at a reduced price but then the patches will leave an HP watermark on your skin...

Drug Market (0, Flamebait)

cosm (1072588) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581139)

Timed release heroine. (Drug users applaud unanimously). Aids passed through patches. Story at 10.

Re:Drug Market (2, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581281)

That may not be a bad idea. In order to kick the habit, give people a patch, just like they do for cigarettes with the nicotine patch. Slowly reduce the dose, and eventually, the person isn't addicted anymore. Seems a lot easier than keeping them locked in a room for a couple days while they go through withdrawal and almost die, after which they will probably relapse, because they haven't stop being addicted.

Re:Drug Market (1)

Anonymous McCartneyf (1037584) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581465)

Yes, but there's more margin for error with nicotine patches. Nicotine is fully legal; even if someone mismanages the timing of his nicotine patches enough that he's effectively using them instead of ciggies, the establishment can live with it.
The methadone patch, however, would have to be kept on schedule strictly; it's a restricted drug, and there can't be as much leeway to get clear with that. And don't even think of making an actual heroin patch if there are methadone patches!

Re:Drug Market (1)

Thomas Shaddack (709926) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584881)

What's wrong with heroin? Many terminal cancer patients would love some. However because of inane politics they get only stuff that sometimes does not work for them anymore.

One day people will wake up and hang the politicians.

Re:Drug Market (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 6 years ago | (#20585211)

.. Nicotine is fully legal; even if someone mismanages the timing of his nicotine patches enough that he's effectively using them instead of ciggies, the establishment can live with it.
--
The establishment, (at least me) can live with millions of people using meth, heroin or whatnot, I don't give a shit.

I don't want billions of our money spent to run after those guys.

Consider it as evolution in action.

Re:Drug Market (1)

wed128 (722152) | more than 6 years ago | (#20586105)

Ok, well then chalk you up as the next guy to get mugged for some junkie's next fix. Maybe it'll be your mom. see the problem?

Re:Drug Market (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584007)

Hey, you're not supposed to put on -that- many!

Re:Drug Market (0, Offtopic)

bit trollent (824666) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581577)

I have been shooting heroine with my Inkjet 550 for several years now. I didn't know that the technology had left the basement.

Obligatory Neuromancer reference anyone? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581935)

Remember the concept of paste on drug patces in neuromaner
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Re:Drug Market (1)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583833)

Actually, the patch doesn't penetrate deep enough to draw blood, so using patches like this as a substitute for syringes could be a massive boon to the harm minimisation effort.

Indeed, it's the end of the drug wars. (4, Informative)

ahfoo (223186) | more than 6 years ago | (#20585023)

I've made this comment before so I'll just summarize the key points.
        When you get right down to it, the real drug war is, as William Burroughs pointed out, between those who seek euphoria through drugs and those who seek euphoria by controlling other people's access to drugs. It gets painted as a health issue, but really this is not what drives the intensity of the battle.
        The health issuses are almost exclusively about dosage control and dosage methods and don't even get into the issue of whether a person has a right to control their own perception of euphoria. Once you take those dosage issues out of the black market drug game, you radically refocus the argument onto the real issues of control and euphoria.
          You can confirm this mentally by asking yourself what are the symptoms that the drug wars are said to be working to prevent? Fatal IV overdose is the classic example. Disease transmission such as AIDS is another one that isn't really about the drug, be it heroin, cocaine or meth, but the delivery method. Then there are the problems caused by excessive doasage. In many cases the psychotic episodes some drug users experience in which people go temporarily insane and harm themselves or others in a drunk-like rage are due to non-fatal overdoses that would be prevented by a controlled dosage device. These classic icons of the drug wars are all, in fact, dosage issues.
        Once you exclude dosage issues, the only problems you can associate with drugs are related to the fact that they are illegal. Indeed, these two issues are intimately related but the people who get their best high off of controlling other people enjoy separating these two issues.
          If you had reliable dosage control and you reduced costs through decriminalization the real issue would emerge which is that there is simply a large segment of the population that craves control over other people's lives in much the same way a junkie craves heroin. Our society is infected with control addicts.

Re:Indeed, it's the end of the drug wars. (1)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 6 years ago | (#20586443)

seek euphoria through drugs and those who seek euphoria by controlling other people's access to drugs

The second part of that statement is absurd. It describes Dr. Frankenstein not health practitioners. I seems to reason that William Burroughs was on drugs when he theorized he was being victimized by the health care community.

Re:Indeed, it's the end of the drug wars. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20586719)

Isn't it the conservative electorate and the politicians acting through them that enforces this control? It wasn't a group of medical doctors who sat around and came up with the DEA, was it?

HP's Inkjet Technology Used to Administer Drugs (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581141)

The drug companies will love it. It will only dispense half the contents before needing replacement.

Re: HP's Inkjet Technology Used to Administer Drug (1)

scoot80 (1017822) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581581)

Thats ok, just shake it around, put it back in and ignore that "Your ink is about to run out" message. When your arm starts getting faded, you replace it (the cartridge).

Damn! Out of Yellow! (5, Funny)

kbob88 (951258) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581147)

I was doing fine until my anti-psychotic medicine ran out of yellow!

Re:Damn! Out of Yellow! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20582665)

I was doing fine until my anti-psychotic medicine ran out of yellow!


You're lucky. My anti-depressant patch is out of everything except blue.

Tattoos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581161)

Drugs? How about inexpensive, fast tattoos? Seems like you could use this kind of technology to create your own permanent tattoos at home. Just use the original ink through instead of drugs.

Tattoos? (3, Interesting)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581183)

Could this be used to make a tattoo printer? Maybe they could release a laser tattoo remover as well.

Re:Tattoos? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581295)

Could this be used to make a tattoo printer? Maybe they could release a laser tattoo remover as well.
Sure, just feed your arm in from the paper tray and up through the pinch rollers.

Re:Tattoos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20584483)

I guess nobody will notice the AC above you [slashdot.org] who wrote about the same thing.

Laserjet (1)

symes (835608) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584759)

Or even a temporary tattoo with the drug name, date, time and dose. Now that could save a few lives I'd imagine.

Drugs will be cheaper than ink... (3, Funny)

topham (32406) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581185)

The drugs will be cheaper than ink, therefor there isn't enough of a market in it for HP.

Tattoos (1)

ameline (771895) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581191)

What about actually injecting ink instead of drugs? Pain free tattoos that take almost no time to apply.

I think I'll go off and file a patent on this :-)

Re:Tattoos (1)

ameline (771895) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581229)

phasm42 simulposted the same idea... (at least within the same minute)

It's 1997 all over again (2, Interesting)

dorpus (636554) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581195)

I remember seeing articles in 1997 hyping up transdermal microneedle skin patches. Not much has come of it since.

I predict... (1)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581357)

...a Blue Tatoo like scare about how these will be sued to put gradeschoolers on LSD.

Or perhaps an actual attempt to do so by some moron.

Re:I predict... (1)

Watson Ladd (955755) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582581)

Nah, DMSO works just fine for LSD. Just read the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. But I don't think a gradeschooler would stand still while a stranger straps this to them.

Obligatory ST:TOS reference (4, Funny)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581199)

Damn it Jim! I'm a doctor, not a printer!

Back in my day (1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581205)

We used to print dna microarrays with laser jets. 10,000 genes uphill bothways in the snow. And when someone complained, we beat them half to death and buried them alive in a cornfield. But those were the old days. Not like how you young whippersnappers have it today.

New meaning to "PC Load Letter"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581219)

Must...cancel...viagra...print job...
Arrrrgghhhh!!!!

Re:New meaning to "PC Load Letter"... (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581837)

Or for the other one:

"When the time is ri-PC Load Letter" when it was supposed to be the "right time".

Artificial Gland (4, Interesting)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581221)

I could easily imagine this could quickly become a useful method of self mediation. A sort of artificial gland of sorts that doesn't administer based on time, but rather based on biofeedback sensors. The alcoholic choose to overcome his problem by customizing an artificial gland which stimulates a release of pain or possibly general uneasiness once his blood alcohol level begins to rise. A person or criminal with anger management problems the recieves a release of calming chemicals when blood pressure rises to high. Of course, medicine is the perfect place to start, it could work not unlike a pacemaker and administer insulin when a diabetic's levels get low. The possibilities beyond simple timing are immense, give that they can accomplish easy replenishing and ofcourse that (as I assume) the microneedles do not actually hurt.

Imagine the phrase "Slap a band-aid on it and call it a day" becoming common in the medical community.

Re:Artificial Gland (2, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581431)

A person or criminal with anger management problems the recieves a release of calming chemicals when blood pressure rises to high.
Be careful, you just might end up with either:
A) People who purposefully work their blood pressure up to get a calming jolt
B) People who learn to be angry without any physiological manifestations (aka sociopaths)

I recall reading an article discussing a study of criminals who had gone through anger management. Their conclusion was that the only thing some criminals learned was how to mask their anger from others until it was too late.

Re:Artificial Gland (1)

The One and Only (691315) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583467)

Sociopaths aren't angry people who hide their anger well enough not to have any physiological manifestations. (As far as I can tell, that's biologically impossible.) Sociopaths are scarier than that--they're people who can feel completely calm and at ease while harming others in ways an emotional person would describe as "vicious".

Re:Artificial Gland (0)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581447)

Butt, will it werk for hemorrhoids?

What will be scary is if this product makes it into the toilet paper business. Talk about the inkjet business going to shit, the shitter and disappearing into a heap of shit.

We'll REALLy wipe out the TP supply, I suppose...

(HEHEHE, captcha: "angling", but I saw "dangling" and dingle*y)

Re:Artificial Gland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581711)

(HEHEHE, captcha: "angling", but I saw "dangling" and dingle*y)
Hmmm... to you I would prescribe an artificial sense gland, because clearly you aren't making it.

Re:Artificial Gland (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#20585173)

A person or criminal

Is a criminal not a person then?

Re:Artificial Gland (1)

ASBands (1087159) | more than 6 years ago | (#20586699)

Your ideas are as queer as a clockwork orange.

Yet More SPAM (2, Funny)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581233)

You heard it first folks - soon you will be bombarded with SPAM for

CH3@P R3F!LLS for your TR@NSD3RM@L P@TCH3S


Yet when you buy the product
  • they leak
  • they clog
  • the "fluid" in the 3rd-party refills simply don't produce the same results as quality/original manufacturer refills

No DRM! (2, Interesting)

localman (111171) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581251)

They better not try to lock them down like with the ink cartridges... I want to be able to refill with the drugs of my choice!

There's a guy on the street corner who says he'll load it with zizzyjuice for $25 or a blowjob...

Re:No DRM! (1)

eknagy (1056622) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581687)

A blowjob worths $25? Sounds like a nice place...

accidents? (4, Interesting)

drakyri (727902) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581259)

What happens is someone smacks the patch, or you bump into something?

Re:accidents? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20583079)

Put the patch somewhere you already do your best not to get smacked or bumped.

Re:accidents? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20583983)

... But that's where I keep my nicotine patch.

Re:accidents? (1)

jagdish (981925) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584135)

It hurts like hell.

Re:accidents? (1)

Xeth (614132) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584193)

Well, it's just an array of microscopically short needles. If they push hard, the substrate pushes against your skin, and nothing happens. If they shove laterally, a few of the needles might nudge around in your skin. Worst case, you lose a few micrometers of dead skin.

If you're worried about the wells rupturing, such an event would probably mean the excess drug ends up on your skin. This may or may not be harmless. However, if the drugs could be effective that way, why use needles at all?

I doubt such ruptures are likely (depending, of course, on what they're made of), given the fact that the surface area/volume ratio is pretty good for such small objects.

Tinfoil hat comment (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581285)

How long will it be until this is exploited by criminals or government spooks who want somebody offed?
It could be used to inject poison, virii, or other nasties.

Re:Tinfoil hat comment (1)

Thomas Shaddack (709926) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584895)

Already happened [wikipedia.org] . No fancier delivery system than a ricin-soaked pellet shot from an umbrella was used, though.

Prior art (1)

mdemonic (988470) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581317)

I used my printer for this a long time.

# cat /dev/lsd | lpt0 ...and Im ready to code for another 16 hours

Re:Prior art (1)

Ossifer (703813) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581511)

Dude, what char major, minor numbers are you using for /dev/lsd??!?!

Re:Prior art (1, Insightful)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581571)

"Dude, what char major, minor numbers are you using for /dev/lsd??!?!"

D'uh! Its an imaginary numnber - rotate your printer 90 degrees from this universe and try again.

Re:Prior art (2, Funny)

Ossifer (703813) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581643)

I assume you mean to rotate around the axis on the astral plane...

Re:Prior art (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582135)

You obviously haven't really been on a trip ... ever ...

I can tell you, after a blotter, not only you won't be able to code; if you are not used to it, you will be begging for a trip sitter.

To get you running another 16 hours, a cocaine hit will be the best, but sniffing is nicer, simpler, and less dangerous than needles anyway, so no need to bother.

Re:Prior art (1)

mdemonic (988470) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582847)

It was supposed to be a (apperently bad) joke, not a confession of my drug habits.
Cocaine will require several refills to get you going 16 hours.

Inkjet tech, huh? (1)

jesdynf (42915) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581365)

And here I thought there wasn't anything they could put in those cartridges more expensive than printer ink.

Hey, asshole moderator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581375)

To the asshole who came through and moderated a whole bunch of ON-TOPIC jokes "offtopic" -- fuck you. I have counteracted every single one of your mods. Have a nice day, dickweed.

How does this differ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20581381)

How does this differ from some of the other devices on the market that do the same thing - like Insulet's Omnipod?

inkjets heat the fluid (3, Interesting)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581391)

The way inkjets work, they heat a micro droplet of the ink so much so that it emerges from the nozzle explosively and hits the paper. I wonder how much of the potency of the delicate drugs would remain after they have been subjected to so much of pressure and heat. Would they react with the metal/plastic in the nozzle?

Re:inkjets heat the fluid (1)

triffid_98 (899609) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581567)

Well, that's not strictly true. That's the way an HP inkjet works, Epson printers use micro-piezo nozzles, IIRC that's also the nozzle type on my Canon i960.

The way inkjets work, they heat a micro droplet of the ink so much so that it emerges from the nozzle explosively and hits the paper. I wonder how much of the potency of the delicate drugs would remain after they have been subjected to so much of pressure and heat. Would they react with the metal/plastic in the nozzle?

Re:inkjets heat the fluid (1)

Captain Vittles (1096015) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581827)

That would be something studied during the approval process for a particular drug when adapted for this particular dosage form. It's a good question to bring up, but it will definitely be answered with time and research.

I'm screwed! (1)

Hanging By A Thread (906564) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581453)

My perscription plan will only pay for Lexmark.

I walk into my doctors office to get a shot. (1)

IzanbardPrince (742759) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581589)

Doctor: "PC LOAD LETTER! What the hell does that mean!?"

A mosquito patch... (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581647)

Hmm, micro-needles is something any outdoorsy person can relate to - Noseeums anyone?

The material is the key... but it will still fail. (5, Interesting)

jmil (782329) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581661)

Transdermal drug delivery has been around for ages, as well as microfabricated needles. For a recent state-of-the-art, see:
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/100/24/13755 [pnas.org]

The main problem (most of the physical fabrication issues have been overcome) is that almost any material used to fabricate the needles will quickly be recognized by the immune system, which will not only attempt to push the needles out but will also form a "fibrotic capsule" around the needles, preventing them from dispensing drug. How does HP intend to get around these problems? Smoke and Mirrors! This is the grand challenge of transdermal drug delivery, and it doesn't look like HP has gotten much further at all.

Additionally, I don't know about the (rest of the) heathens out there, but I wouldn't want needles permanently implanted in my arm, leaving my insides exposed to the outsides (and how do they plan to control backflow [i.e. bleeding] or prevent blood clots from blocking the needles, by the way??).

A much more promising approach for transdermal drug delivery is actually ballistic injection of (gold) (micro or nano) particles through the skin that are decorated with the drug of interest. This is reminiscent of Star Trek because it's an old idea that is based on some solid science. It might even be possible to use this for ballistic injection of DNA for vaccines, without having any of the drawbacks as described above for microneedles. Ask Dr. Google or see:
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/iel5/7218/19491/00900385.pdf [ieee.org]
and even better:
http://www.nature.com/nri/journal/v5/n12/full/nri1728.html [nature.com]

You also have to keep in mind that the skin MUST be properly disinfected before either microneedles are implanted or ballistic injection is performed, otherwise you may introduce bacteria or other nasties into you deeper dermal layers (does anyone remember flesh eating bacteria?).

Re:The material is the key... but it will still fa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20585823)

Maybe it's just me but I would think the microneedles would normally not be in the skin. Instead they would "fire", penetrating the skin and injecting the drug more like a 9/24-pin printer.

Is that not how this works? I can't imagine pushing on a patch with hundreds needles all penetrating your skin at the same time. That would hurt, microneedle or not.

refills (1)

Ydna (32354) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581813)

I don't suppose I'll be able to use generic refill cartridges on this.

Usage monitoring (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 6 years ago | (#20581997)

Will WebDrugAdmin send me email when I am low?

If I eat too many cheap donuts, will the patch jam with cholesterol?

If the patch does not deliver enough medication, can I take it off and slap it back on harder to make it work?

Can I buy a patch duplexer option which will let me turn the patch over and use the other side?

Since the device will probably be set by default to deliver the maximum amount of medication thru every needle port, can I use WebDrugAdmin to change all the default settings to something more economical?

Dude!!! (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582213)

Dude! You're getting a De... ummmm, HP?

Sounds like Neuromancer (1)

Bionic_Baboon (684462) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582549)

"Case watched as she tore the bubble away, peeled the derm from its backing, and smoothed it across his inner wrist. The drug hit him like an express train"

Hypodermic, transdermal... (1)

ihope127 (1134557) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582619)

So we have hypodermic needles and transdermal patches. What's next? Superdermate bandages?

Re:Hypodermic, transdermal... (1)

MijaDeus (304400) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583973)

Transdermal Paintballs!

whizzzzzzzzzzzz SMAK!

Puts Dr. McCoy's sneaky hypospray to shame!

Drug Addict DHTML (1)

Greenisus (262784) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582675)

<html>

<body bgcolor = "#000" onload = "window.print()">yes!</body>

<html>

Re:Drug Addict DHTML (1)

Greenisus (262784) | more than 6 years ago | (#20582687)

oops... </html>

Plus it has prospects in the Tattoo industry (1)

MykePagan (452299) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583111)

Not just drugs, but ink can be delivered with inkjet technology

Automated, 9-color 300 dpi tattoos?

Transdermal drugs... (4, Funny)

JRHelgeson (576325) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583151)

I think my wife is on Microsoft Birth Control, because every week she has to apply a new patch.

Re:Transdermal drugs... (0, Offtopic)

therufus (677843) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583395)

BOOM! Post of the day!

Mod parent the f%*k up!

Dude I'm getting an HP?!! (1)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583435)

I'd wager the Dell 'dude' kid will live happily ever after as an HP printer sales person (or somewhere in the toner division).

recall: Dell 'dude' kid lost job for smoking pot.

Maybe make a sales-couple/team with Eileen Feiss?

Inkjet drugs? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583627)

Cool, gimme 1200 dpi (drugs per inch, that is).

Sweet (2, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583771)

I'm betting the drugs cost way less than the ink. Any takers?

Watch out (1)

polyex (736819) | more than 6 years ago | (#20583895)

I wonder if these things break as often as the HP junk printer I have staring at me unpluggeed in the corner.

Ouch! (2, Funny)

akkarin (1117245) | more than 6 years ago | (#20584107)

ERROR!
Please correct
skin jam, then
press enter.

Milton the Monster (1)

Circlotron (764156) | more than 6 years ago | (#20585883)

Just don't hold your cellphone too close to it.
dzzzt. "Whoops! Too much!"

Prior art includes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20585939)

... a bong made out of an old DeskJet 3320.

Greater efficiency at punching holes through (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 6 years ago | (#20586103)

your skin still doesn't make it ideal.

If you want to achieve real efficiency, use the large permeable you just took a breath through. Its MADE for it and doesn't need needles (sorry HP.)

And it DOES transfer pharmaceuticals.

Just ask the companies that make inhalers, (and tobacco companies [or pot farmers,]) lungs work great.
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