The Food and Drugs Administration ( Feds ) is expected to approve a new food injection machine this week.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency will approve a food injection device called the INVISIBIL machine on Wednesday.
The machine can inject up to 10,000 doses of drugs into an individual at once.
It’s being developed by a company called Axon Pharmaceuticals.
Injection machine manufacturer Axon announced plans to launch a $1.9 billion food injection and compression machine in 2017.
“The INVISIF is the first of its kind in the United States and it will make it easier for doctors to prescribe medications for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and more,” Gottlieben said in a statement.
The FDA approved the INVS in September 2016, saying it could be used to treat cancer and other conditions that have long been treated with injectable drugs.
It was the first time the FDA approved a device to inject patients directly into the bloodstream.
“We have a tremendous need for the new INVISifs.
We have thousands of people in need of an injection for cancer treatment and millions of Americans in need for a COVID-19 treatment.
These machines will ease the pain and anxiety that many Americans suffer from,” Gottliem said.
The INVS is the latest device to go to market for a drug, with other companies aiming to expand their capabilities.
Newer devices have been developed by two companies that specialize in medical devices, but they have a lot of challenges.
For example, the machines aren’t compatible with devices that use liquid.
Axon Pharmaceuticals and NuvaRing are developing a new injection machine that will be smaller, lighter, and cheaper to manufacture, the companies said.
Axon said it expects to complete the design, manufacturing, and testing of the INVIGIL by the end of this year.
FDA approval could also help other companies that already manufacture food and drug products.
Earlier this month, the FDA announced that it would allow companies to make new, improved versions of the injection machine to inject insulin.