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Solving Drug Delivery Challenges in the Real World



Norm, an 81-year-old widower living alone in Miami, is frequently on his daughterís mind. A busy software executive in Austin, Sara worries about her father sticking to the challenging treatment plan addressing his multiple chronic conditions, which include rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Sara visits her father whenever possible and has someone check on him regularly, but, oftentimes, Norm is on his own to manage a regimen requiring six different medications, each with their own dosing schedule and two different drug delivery devices.

ďMy dad gets upset and confused by having more than one remote for the TV. Why canít this be easier?Ē

Norm is not alone; research shows that within the US, approximately 45% of the population suffers from at least one chronic disease, and these numbers are increasing with an ageing population (1).

People with chronic conditions account for 83% of healthcare costs. The challenges and concerns experienced by Norm and Sara are faced by millions of patients and caregivers every day (2).

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Oliver Eden is a Business Unit Director at Jabil Healthcare focused on the development and commercialisation of drug delivery devices for the divisionís pharma delivery systems business. Operating from the UK, Oliver earned his Masterís in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Biomaterials Engineering, both from the University of Exeter, UK.

oliver_eden@jabil.com

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