NP Plastibell has revealed a really progressive syringe with near-field communication (NFC) tag embedded in it. The NFC tag used on this syringe is from STMicroelectronics which is instantly over-moulded into the syringe, the STM tag can retailer info and permits docs, sufferers and employees to entry essential medicine-related info. The syringe is secure for medical use and has been sterilized at a temperature above 130°C by autoclave with out damaging the electronics.
In keeping with the corporate, the ultra-compact NFC tag is molded instantly into the physique of the syringe. Whereas the syringe is stuffed with drugs, the pre-filled syringe can retailer essential manufacturing and product-related knowledge corresponding to date and lot of producing, it could actually additionally retailer knowledge corresponding to dosage suggestions, and discover some other essential info or warnings.
“NFC tags can retailer product-specific info in internet hyperlinks and even in a devoted app. On this linked syringe, the tag helps medical employees get correct info shortly on their cell phone or utilizing an NFC reader to seek out out the right dosage, particular directions, expiration dates, storage circumstances, or some other essential knowledge. Sufferers may also simply arrange reminders by scanning the tag with their cell,” explains Yvon Gourdou, EMEA Software and Advertising Director, Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group, STMicroelectronics.
The corporate claims that the event of the product was fairly difficult and STM performed a vital position in overcoming a few of the challenges. Other than embedding the NFC tag into the product, the opposite problem was to make sure that the medication doesn’t harm the tag. The product has been made in such a manner that it may be sterilized syringe at temperatures above 130°C by autoclave with out damaging the electronics. The corporate is planning to additional develop linked medical gadgets based mostly on ST’s ST25TV NFC tag IC.
“As soon as this know-how is available on the market, we are able to prolong it to different medical merchandise and so convey related linked worth to tools corresponding to surgical gadgets, implant packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, and diagnostic gadgets,” explains Matthieu Besse, R&D Supervisor at NP Plastibell.