Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there’s always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there’s also the risk of unmonitored side-effects, drug addiction, and overdose. So pharmaceutical companies have been trying for some time now to come up with wearable drug-delivery systems that can dispense a continuous flow of therapeutics, without having to rely on the patient to physically take the drug.

There’s a problem with that approach, however, because these systems don’t monitor a patient’s vitals. This means they can’t be responsive. So when a patient needs to take a stronger dose or when they actually feel pretty good, they still receive the…

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