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Reviewing the pros and cons of implantable drug delivery systems

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2017 | Firm News, Medication Errors, Surgical Errors

If you are required to take a medication to combat a chronic condition, then you may know full well the issues that can arise from persistent prescription drug use. Many of the Providence County residents that we here at DeLuca and Associates Ltd have worked with in the past have reported problems like forgetting to take their medications on a regular basis or suffering side effects such as tissue damage from repeated injections. Some might say that implantable drug delivery systems may be the answer to the challenges you may face in adhering to your medication schedule. However, these devices are not without their flaws.

Implantable drug delivery systems are devices put inside your body that are programmed to administer pre-determined amounts of medication at routine intervals. These devices are resupplied with medication through an access port, allowing for continuous use. IDDS devices may be used to treat any number of ailments, from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease to certain forms of cancer.

Proponents of IDDS devices claim that they offer a number of advantages over other drug delivery methods, such as:

  • Site-specific drug administration
  • Sustained, constant release of a medication
  • Ease of ensuring patient compliance

While IDDS devices have proven to be beneficial in many cases, it should still be remembered that risk is involved any time you implant something in your body.

Study data shared by the National Institutes of Health showed IDDS devices were among the most common causes of implantable device-related issues. 56 percent of incidents of IDDS failure reported in the study resulted in death or serious injury, with less than appropriate care cited as the cause in 78 percent of those cases.

You can discover more about the benefits and risks posed by different drug delivery methods by continuing to explore our site.