Drug Delivery through Patch Pumps and Large Volume Injectors
Trends in the medical and the pharmaceutical market
Remote patient monitoring has seen exponential growth in recent years, as there is tremendous pressure on healthcare systems to provide holistic, efficient, and personalized healthcare plans, improving outcomes whilst containing costs in the face of growing demand. New delivery systems are specifically targeting to reduce hospital visits for routine checks or treatments of chronically ill patients, minimize the risks of avoidable infections, improve the comfort for patients, simplify the handling for caregivers, and ultimately decrease healthcare costs while providing better patient outcomes.
New trends such as red biotechnology and personalized medicine as well as the increase of home care therapies call for remote monitoring capabilities in wearable devices such as patch pumps and large volume injectors.
Challenges in drug delivery
New drug delivery mechanisms are required to overcome the challenges posed by the administration of biopharmaceuticals. Large volume injectors or patch pump designs for non-insulin drug delivery are on the move with more and more biotech companies investigating how to safely administer the drug under development to the patient.
Revolution in drug delivery thanks to miniaturized flow sensor
Sensirion proposes to integrate a miniaturized liquid flow sensor into these innovative drug delivery devices to allow for a direct flow rate measurement as well as monitoring of the device’s safe operation. This allows for volume confirmation of the administered drug as well as fast and reliable failure detection such as occlusion or an empty reservoir. While the sensor’s footprint is tiny (~12mm x 6mm) it can provide great value to the patients and their families, the nursing staff, pharma companies and finally also to the healthcare system.
With the help of this sensing solution, safe and reliable remote monitoring and administering of drugs can efficiently be addressed and most importantly the patient’s adherence and therapy outcome as well as quality of life can be substantially improved.
Make the difference with a Sensirion flow sensor
Include a miniaturized liquid flow sensor in your large volume injector to
- Measure the flow rate directly and confirm the administered fluid volume in real-time.
- Monitor the system performance for a fast and reliable failure detection, e.g., through occlusions or air-in-line due to empty reservoirs.
- Realize connected solutions (mobile apps and telemetry) for therapy monitoring and tracking by patients, doctors, and pharma companies.
Would you like to learn more about subcutaneous drug delivery and the Sensirion miniaturized flow sensor or discuss a specific project with us? Please contact our sensor experts via medicalsensirioncom.
How miniaturized liquid flow sensors are revolutionizing subcutaneous drug delivery
The COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened the push toward digitalization and patient-centric solutions in healthcare. The increasing demand for self-treatment, as well as the rise of biotechnology and precision medicine, give new meaning to smart drug tracking. By implementing miniaturized liquid flow sensors in wearable devices, subcutaneous drug delivery will reach the next level. This will result in a benefit for patients, doctors, nursing staff, pharmaceutical companies and the healthcare system.