Imagine, a Syringe-Button!


It looks a bit like a diaphragm. It is in fact a doohickey to allow patients to safely and comfortably inject themselves with medicine — even the needle-phobes. This new-fangled gadget is a Russian invention from designers Vladislav Kropachev and Vladimir Makarov. It actually won a 2005 Design Innovation Award last November, but has received surprisingly little press.

What you do with it is place it on your skin and simply push down with your finger. This pierces a capsule inside the Syringe-button containing a dose of medicine, while simultaneously forcing the medicine through the needle and injecting it into the skin. You don’t even have to see the needle as it goes in.

These things can even “mimic pills” in the sense that they can be color-coded and the dosage can be printed on top, so users will be extra clear about the contents. Imagine filling an insulin prescription for, what?, 250 of these babies a month? No, actually it only works for set doses, of course, so maybe an option for PWDs on two shots a day, and/or maybe for long-acting insulin?

The Syringe-button truly does have “massive mass-product potential” — although I think they’d need a catchier name. How about “Shot-O-Matic“? Or “Needle-Bopper“? Or “Prick-Disk“? … OK, this is why I’m a professional spectator rather than a contender in Branding.


8 Responses

  1. Scott Mark
    Scott Mark April 4, 2006 at 10:34 am | | Reply

    Very cool, but I think this might actually have it’s greatest reach in terms of accessibility. I think this could have a huge impact on care in parts of the world where education is not as accessible.

  2. Jo
    Jo April 4, 2006 at 5:40 pm | | Reply

    Now I’d buy them filled with my Lantus. Some days it’s just a pain to fill the syringe; I won’t use the pen. But it’s one shot a day. But to pull it out of the frige, put on my tummy or thigh, or even arm (which I don’t do now), and push? Easy choice for me!

  3. Johnboy
    Johnboy April 5, 2006 at 5:25 am | | Reply

    I’m so “not set” on doses that this would be impractical for me; however, if it helps someone on set doses who is needle-phobic then great. :)

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  7. Thedogfather
    Thedogfather April 10, 2006 at 11:15 am | | Reply

    Oh no. Not “Prick Disk”. You’re just asking for trouble there. :-)

  8. That Girl
    That Girl April 12, 2006 at 7:31 am | | Reply

    I know Im a big baby but every time I inject my son I cry (and then he does). This would be awesome!

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