Inject and Forget Contraceptive Drug Delivery Device

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Preventative
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America

Problem being addressedEdit

Women in developing nations often do not have access to contraceptives, and in the case that they do, may find it difficult to adhere to tedious guidelines on a regular basis. Essentially, there is a need for easy-to-use, cost-effective contraceptives that do not require regular maintenance or effort.

Detailed description of the solutionEdit

This innovative drug delivery system is a subcutaneous biosynthetic bone-like material made of calcium minerals that, once implanted, can deliver contraceptives at regular intervals in a sustained manner for several months.

Designed byEdit

  • Designed by: This device is currently being developed by GĂ©rrard Poinern of Murdoch University in Australia.
  • Manufacturer location: Murdoch University in Perth, Australia

When and where it was tested/implementedEdit

A research group is currently developing the technology to be feasible, and if successful, will collaborate with a drug company to begin human trials.

Funding SourceEdit

This device received funding from the Grand Challenges Exploration Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

ReferencesEdit

Other internally generated reportsEdit

Murdoch receives $100,000 to develop a contraceptive for third world. (2010, November 10). Murdoch University. Retrieved February 5, 2013. Link available here.

Externally generated reportsEdit

Grand Challenges Explorations: Round 5 Winners Highlights. (n.d.). Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2013. Link available here.