Oval Medical Technologies, an autoinjector company based in Cambridge, UK, reported that a variety of highly viscous solutions have been successfully delivered through a 25-gauge thin-wall needle, in less than 7 seconds, using its innovative autoinjector. The technology provides solutions to problems in the industry for drug containment and the end user.
Viscosity is a challenge for many biopharmaceutical formulators given that a number of biologics are highly viscous. The automatic delivery of high-viscosity drugs is an important milestone for parenteral drug delivery. There is currently no known such device on the market that can deliver such high viscosities.
According to a press release by the company, "there has been no effective way of delivering high-viscosity drugs through a prefilled syringe, without extreme pain to the patient (due a large needle bore) and physical discomfort." Oval novel innovation now offers potential for drugs to be administered by the patient in the comfort of their own home.