Currently, ketamine is delivered predominately by intravenous (“IV”) and intramuscular (“IM”) means in a controlled healthcare setting (i.e. hospital or clinic) for analgesia, sedation and anesthetic induction and is also emerging as a viable treatment option for various mental health, neurological and pain disorders. The Company believes that in the natural evolution of chronic disease management, a logical progression from IV and IM to wearable injection systems and microneedle patches could increase the convenience, compliance, and dose flexibility for both caregivers and patients.
PharmaTher’s proposed wearable ketamine delivery device aims to convert IV and IM delivery of ketamine to a subcutaneous format, which may improve safety and efficacy, reduce side effects, enhance patient comfort and adherence, and reduce the time burden of treatment on patients and healthcare providers whether at hospital, clinic or home, and therefore may expand the adoption of ketamine for unmet medical needs.
The wearable pump is a delivery motor system-based on-body subcutaneous injector device that can deliver various drug volumes, concentrations and viscosities over variable- and long-duration injections. Felice Dose can deliver a stable dose of drug per unit time under discontinuous pressure, reducing the swelling underneath the skin during injection and thus decreasing patient pain. Discontinuous pressure for a high-dose container is important. Otherwise, if a drug delivery system continually places a positive linear compression pressure on the container, pressure will accumulate and increase patient pain during the injection process. In addition, the delivery motor system can adapt to the primary drug container, providing a very stable displacement unit for the drug, and the duration for filling and delivery can be programmed to suit the drug formulation. The Felice Dose user interface includes options for WiFi, near-field communication and Bluetooth connectivity, an LED display, fully-customizable programmability, a robust delivery motor system and a lithium battery. The device’s smart program functionality can help patients take control of their treatment, make their daily lives easier and more comfortable, and reduce the need for hospital visits and the involvement of healthcare providers.
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