Doctor envisions 'Star Trek' technology; New needle-less vaccine to appease kids
FERRIS - Dr. Fred Maese is always looking at the newest innovative ideas to bring to his patients.
The latest, Pharma-jet, is the Federal Drug Administration approved, needle-less vaccine.
"I think this is the greatest thing ever, we just need to get it approved for Medicaid so everyone can take advantage," said Maese, a board certified cardiologist and owner of the Ferris Heart Clinic on W. 6th Street.
PharmaJet can be used to inject just about any licensed liquid medicine, including vaccines for flu and women’s reproductive hormones to treat infertility.
"Parents are going to love not having to fuss with their kids over getting poked with a needle," said Maese.
"We can just come in, let them give us their arm and say it’s a new toy to get them better, like, something from Star Trek or Star Wa-rs."
The PharmaJet needle-free system delivers liquid medications at high speed, creating a "liquid jet" penetrating the skin and delivering the medicine in less than 1/3 of a second.
"It’s less of a safety hazard for my nurses not having to worry if they will get pricked by a needle and the system is more eco-friendly because it creates less waste than your typical needle and syringe shot."
The single-use disposable syringe is made of medical grade polypropylene, the same material used in most standard needle syringes.
Not only costing less to produce, the syringe can be filled at the time of injection from single or multi-dose standard vials with a PharmaJet vial adapter or it can be pre-filled.
Typical costs range just a few dollars more than your average shot using a needle.
"Shots with Pharmajet generally are in the $25 range," said Maese. Maese urges all readers to write letters and request Medicaid to accept this new way to administer vaccines to the public.
" I am very excited to be one of the first doctors in the state to bring such an amazing advancement in medicine to the area."