The World Of Healthcare

Grind for March 23rd, 2019
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– Groucho Marx

Hard To Swallow

The Headline

New ingestible tech could change the way we receive injections

The Grind

A futuristic pill developed by Rani Therapeutics delivers injections directly into a patient’s intestine.

The “RaniPill,” which has no metal components, went through 100 animal tests before completing its first human trial this month.

The Details

According to Rani Therapeutics, the pill causes no discomfort and could significantly lower the cost of injections for “most drugs.”

Here’s how it works:

— The pill’s outer shell dissolves in the intestine, triggering the release of two gases

— hose gases combine to create CO2

— The CO2 inflates a tiny balloon, which pushes a needle through the intestinal wall

— The needle dissolves harmlessly inside the body

— The inflatable balloon function described above was tested successfully during the initial human trial. The second trial will test the needle function.

In Their Shoes

The Headline

Terminally-ill prisoner released under First Step Act

The Grind

Richard Evans, 74, was released from a federal prison in Louisiana on Thursday. He had served only 22 months of a 5-year sentence earned for conspiracy, fraud, and distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Evans was freed on “compassionate release” according to the First Step Act – a reform package signed by President Trump late last year.

The Details

Among other things, the First Step Act allows prisoners with serious health concerns to petition a federal judge for early release if their complaints are ignored by prison officials.

This is exactly what happened to Evans, who took his case to US District Judge Kenneth Hoyt after complaints about a lump on his neck were ignored.

The lump – which has since grown into an ugly black mass encompassing the entire right side of his neck – has been diagnosed as a malignant melanoma.

“Without the court process, our client would die in prison,” said Evans’s attorneys.

Evans’s prognosis remains unclear, but he has plans to visit specialists at the MD Anderson Cancer Center next week. He will spend the next three years under “supervised release.”

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