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NRI, Patel’s J-Tip needleless syringes,
Now he plans to market across India

California, May 31, 2005
Gary Patel

No one enjoys getting a shot with a hypodermic needle, but was a new design really needed? Absolutely, says Dayabhai 'Danny" Patel, a plastics engineer who started his own custom injection-molding company, Computerized Plastics Molding (Irvine, CA). So Patel came up with a needleless system that is virtually painless and never breaks the skin.

Dayabhai Patel went to India to bring his wife and young son to the U.S. His family needed inoculations before they could leave the country. "Afterwards, my son cried for hours," Patel sadly recalls.

In addition to the general discomfort, repeatedly puncturing the epidermis with a conventional hypo leaves marks and can invite infections. "Most injectors are spring loaded and have metal parts: They must be sterilized between shots, are cumbersome and heavy, and quite costly. We knew we could do better," Patel adds.

The J-Tip Needleless Injector is a single use, pre-sterilized, disposable unit which is similar to the customary syringe in the delivery of medications that are presently used by the diabetic for injection of insulin. The J-Tip is filled in a similar manner to the needle syringe. Each sterile disposable J-Tip Needleless Injector contains it's own power source (CO2) to deliver the medication through the skin into the subcutaneous tissue.

A diabetic person must administer thousands of injections, each one as painful as the first one. Thanks to the J-TIP this painful situation can be virtually eliminated. You can not change the need of insulin in order to live a normal life, But you can use a simple device that will substantially reduce pain and anxiety each time.

The J-Tip is revolutionary means of delivering medication through the skin in convenient manner without the use of needles. The J-Tip injection device reduce the relative risk and discomfort of puncturing the epidermis with a hypodermic needle. J-TIP is primarily designed for self administration such as delivery of insulin by diabetics. The J-TIP is a new and unique concept, which does not require an expensive instrument to perform the injection. The J-TIP Injector itself is single use, disposable syringe which incorporates its own Co2 power source.

In use, J-Tip is loaded by the patients with the desired dose, placed against the skin at the selected site, and triggered by thumb pressure on a trigger. The medication is forced into subcutaneous tissue by high pressure gas in a fraction of a second, without noticeable discomfort. With the injection complete, Injector is discarded. when the vial is empty, discard the vial along with the Transporter and Adapter. The J-TIP Injector is an all plastic molded unit about 4 inches in length and weighing app. 9 grams. Its very small size makes it very convenient to carry and inconspicuous to use.

What J-Tip does is use pressurised gas to force the drug across the skin, from where it is absorbed by blood vessels. The idea is old. In the seventies, the US military used gas guns loaded with pressurised carbon dioxide to inoculate troops. Patel doesn’t reveal what gas is used in J-Tip: it’s a trade secret. But he demonstrates how the four-inch device is used. Each single-use syringe has a pressurised gas-power source. After loading it with the drug dose, the user must place it against the skin and press a trigger using his thumb. The trigger breaks a seal, releasing gas that drives a plunger and forces the drug across the skin.

Patel’s company, National Medical Products, obtained approval from the U.S. FDA and CE in 1993. When he sent it for further tests to the Medical School, University College, London, medical journals reported on it and it became popular.

Patel first marketed J-Tip in Saudi Arabia and Europe in the mid-nineties. ‘‘The medical fraternity liked my product, but since it was completely new, there were reservations,’’ he says.

Some of the best hospitals in the U.S. are using it — Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles, the medical school at Stanford University, the Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Chicago Medic al School.zBaxter, a Chigago-based healthcare company, offered Patel $ 100 million for his needle-less syringe technology. ‘‘I wasn’t willing to settle for that sum,’’ he says. ‘‘Besides, I think I’ll earn more marketing the product on my own.’’ J-Tip now sells for $ 2 apiece, but Patel plans to bring down the price to 20-30 cents. His company is in negotiation with the Singapore government for marketing J-Tip to it’s hospitals.

Dayabhai Patel belongs to Chadasana village, near Mansa town of Gujarat. He graduated from the M.G. Science College in Ahmedabad and received his masters in plastic engineering from the University of Massachusetts.He worked for Johnson & Johnson and startec his own company in the U.S.


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