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Medical Engineers Have Built A EpiPen Replacement That Costs $16 A Shot

Medical Engineers Have Built A EpiPen Replacement That Costs $16 A Shot

A South African team has created the ZiBiPen, which delivers a shot of adrenaline from a replaceable, $16 cartridge.

The reusable pen costs $80 and is intended to last five years.

A team of South African biomedical engineers have built a cheap replacement for the EpiPen that could revolutionize the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be triggered by food or insect bites.

Called the ZiBiPen, it delivers a shot of adrenaline in the form of a replaceable, $16 cartridge.

“When we originally did research into the cost of the devices on the market, we found that delays in the distribution chain can mean South Africans only receive their devices with six months before expiry, which made it unaffordable for South Africans,” said Nair, who originally designed it for a master’s project at the Division of Asthma and Allergy at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

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