Microchips in Medicine: Current and Future Applications

Biomed Res Int. 2016:2016:1743472. doi: 10.1155/2016/1743472. Epub 2016 Jun 7.


With the objective of improving efficacy and morbidity, device manufacturers incorporate chemicals or drugs into medical implants. Using multiple reservoirs of discrete drug doses, microchips represent a new technology capable of on-demand release of various drugs over long periods of time. Herein, we review drug delivery systems, how microchips work, recent investigations, and future applications in various fields of medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Delivery Systems / methods*
  • Drug Implants / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Liberation / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lab-On-A-Chip Devices*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / chemistry*


  • Drug Implants
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations