Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Indestructible pill dispenser

The Showtime series NURSE JACKIE, about a lying, manipulating, drug-addicted woman who is nonetheless a gifted nurse, is about to end. In last week's episode, Jackie waltzes into the pharmacy of the hospital and asks for some pills. We know these may or may not end up in a patient. The pharmacist hands them right over.

Not so fast, say some students at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

At least one in 20 people somehow takes a drug meant for someone else. Sixteen thousand people a year die from prescription drugs.

The Johns Hopkins students have invented a tamper-resistant pill dispenser prototype with a fingerprint scanner to vertify the patient and then dispenses only the right amount at the right time.

You can drill it, stab it, or attack it with a drill.

It weighs two and a half pounds and is 9.25 inches high.

Still, if the patient is lying there, weak, and the  nurse hands over the pills--well, you  know Jackie.

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