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The future of drug delivery is now

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The world is evolving, and healthcare must change with it. At Covestro, we’re pushing boundaries with our drug delivery concept that delivers needed comfort, dose accuracy, patient adherence and reliability.

Imagine a world where life-enhancing medication is delivered on time and accurately, where doctors are kept up to date with information about frequency and dosing of medication, and there is minimal impact on patients’ lives. That world is today. With our wide range of materials and a staff of designers, the creation of a device that reaches these expectations is possible.

We’re joining the healthcare revolution with a drug delivery concept that ensures life-saving medicine is administered on time and in precise dosages.

Gone are the days where medical treatments are only administered by a medical professional in the hospital. As new technologies emerge, patients will be able to receive treatments and medication in the comfort of their own homes. This data-rich new world will provide real-time actionable insights to patients and caregivers, allowing patients the option to network with doctors, nurses, pharmacies or medical providers. Importantly, this will also improve compliance with the prescribed medication regimen and enable early intervention before a condition worsens. Simply put, the device not only delivers medication, but also is a personal health monitor, as well.

Mobilizing healthcare

A concept as sophisticated as a drug delivery device leverages various technologies, one of which being DirectCoating. While we originally developed this technique for the automotive industry, we’re now applying it to healthcare—providing tactile qualities for patients along with streamlined, efficient manufacturing possibilities.

DirectCoating is used to produce the body of the device from polycarbonate and encapsulate it with polyurethane lacquers. A combination of high-gloss and matte coatings provides soft-feel characteristics, which can vary depending on the chemistry applied.

When compared to traditional spray coatings, DirectCoating technology allows for increased design flexibility and streamlines manufacturing, all while avoiding paint overspray.

The future of medical care requires more intelligent, networked and convenient devices for drug delivery. We want to use this concept to show what the future could look like for manufacturers and patients – and how special grades of our Makrolon® polycarbonate can help make this possible.

George Paleos

Head of Healthcare in the Polycarbonates business unit at Covestro

The power of polycarbonates

Drug delivery devices rely on materials that offer durability, processability, safety and design flexibility. Makrolon® medical-grade polycarbonate checks all of those boxes, making it a top choice for the concept.  These grades are used to create the exterior of the drug delivery device. With glass-like transparency, Makrolon® polycarbonates can help maximize design freedom and allow for the incorporation of a digital monitor for connectivity as well as indicators and light guides. The thin walls included in the concept create an overall smaller form factor reducing weight and size, creating a device that is so light and portable that it can fit in a purse or even a pocket!

  • Medical-grade Makrolon® polycarbonate is tough and durable.
  • Medical-grade Makrolon® polycarbonate can be sterilized using a variety of methods.
  • Medical-grade Makrolon® polycarbonate is dimensionally stable under different application environments.
  • DirectCoating offers increased design flexibility.
  • Medical-grade Makrolon® polycarbonate is biocompatible according to ISO 10993-1 and USP Class VI standards.

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