For people with life-threatening food allergies the Epi-Pen is the first line of defense, but what if a pill could one day replace the needle?
Mutasem Rawas-Qalaji, PhD, a pharmaceutical researcher at Nova Southeastern University and his team are working on an easier more user-friendly option, by “Using a tablet, a specialized developed tablet, under the tongue of the patient.”
The tablet would deliver the same amount of epinephrine the injection does, minus the needle.
“Once you place these tablets under the tongue they should disintegrate within ten seconds,” Rawas-Qalaji said.
The research team plan to start human trials in the next two years.