Digitpon, or digital tampon - is an innovative tampon design made of absorbent material capable of being compressed to self-sustaining form. A portion of the material is compressed to a rod-like shape to provide a rigid central support for the remaining relatively uncompressed portion.
Digi doesn’t digital; it simply means the product is inserted into the body by using a "digit" or finger---hence the name "digital tampon". There is a US patent on the design. It is interesting to note that over 97% of European female prefer digital tampons, and in the US only 3% of use them. Like many digital products, it has adoption issues.
The results? The drug administered vaginally accumulated more efficiently in the uterine tissue than the drug administered orally. Existing oral medications cause significant gastrointestinal side effects for women, creating additional discomfort.
I think there are plenty of opportunities for drug delivery platform innovation, I am really bad in swallowing pills or capsules and I hated the after taste in many cases. I don’t see why drugs can not be delivered by many everyday surfaces. Here are two killer ideas:
Imagine you can use the computer mouse as delivery platform for vitamins or prescriptive medications. Knowing what deficiencies you have, now you can customize how those can be delivered. Don’t use your colleague’s computer without asking as you might end up getting an unnecessary dosage of Viagra.