By Bob Marshall, Chief Editor, Med Device Online
It should come as no surprise that, when given the choice, the majority of patients would choose taking a pill over getting a shot. The problem is that, in some cases, we do not have a choice. Biologics will break down when exposed to acid and enzymes in the stomach before they can reach the bloodstream and provide clinical benefit. Therefore, they cannot be administered in conventional pill or liquid form; they require an injection or IV infusion using a needle. Some see this as a limitation; Mir Imran saw it as an opportunity.