Electronic device, IontoDC delivers drugs through skin by using DC electricity

“The electric charge has loads of potential” is a well-known fact that every individual is aware of. Almost every sector utilizes electricity charge for various applications.

New York-based Soterix Medical got approval from the FDA to launch its IontoDC—an iontophoresis medication delivery system. The device is a battery-operated that utilizes constant Direct Current up to 2.0 mA, which penetrates soluble salt ions or drugs through the skin for the medical procedure.

The technology works on a principle that an electric charge will pass the ions present in the solution to transit into the body as per the electrical charges. Factors such as electrode composition, duration of current flow, the molecular weight of ion, the strength of electric current applied, and other numerous characteristics are responsible for the distribution of ion or drug into the body with desired quantity. Iontophoresis is applied to deliver local anesthetic pre-emergent skin puncture, hyperhidrosis treatment, sweat test for diagnosing the cystic fibrosis, the dermatological procedure to reduce the intensity of pain, and to administer the fentanyl for acute pain.

How to works?

  • Initiate preparation of electrodes as per the direction manual that comes with iontophoresis electrodes.
  • Place the electrodes at the treatment site and adjust the expected current strength in mA and duration in minutes.
  • Press the start button.
  • The output current will start increasing in 30 seconds to reach the desired current intensity and later, IontoDC will supply direct current for the duration that is adjusted at the start.
  • The display meter on the panel will constantly signify the current delivered to the patient, whereas the contact quality of the apparatus will be indicated by resistance meter.
  • If in any case, there is a variation in expected current deliverance, stop the treatment by pressing the abort button.
  • After hitting the abort button, in 30 seconds, current that reached to the expected value will ramp down.

The system that works on the electric charge for introducing drugs looks like an old design machine with its display meters, toggle switches, and buttons. After the approval from the FDA, it can be affirmed that the IontoDC device will be added to the practical world very soon.

Ankit Kadam is a content writer working at Medical Device News. He is in the professional writing business since 1 year. He has hands on experience in writing product description, technological reviews, and marketing materials. He earns to travel and lives to explore.

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