A Beijing machine that injects an intravenous drug into a patient using a specially-designed syringe could soon be used to make drug injections in China’s industrial heartland.
The drug injection machine, known as an injector, was first developed in 2009 by a team at a university in the northwestern city of Wuhan.
In a video posted to a popular microblog account in 2016, the team showed off their latest device, a device that uses an intravenously-powered injection tube that sits on a metal stand and then takes a drug to the arm.
The team described the device as “super-fast and incredibly safe,” but they warned that it would not be suitable for all hospitals in China.
A number of local hospitals have already begun using the device, according to the China Medical Association.
In the video, the device was seen by many as a cheap and easy way to make drugs for patients who need expensive, often dangerous drugs.
It also helped China move past the country’s longstanding drug shortages.
In 2016, China’s Health Ministry released a proposal for a new national drug policy that would allow for the use of the injection machine in hospitals, but the proposal was later rejected.
A spokesperson for the Health Ministry told Politico that the injection device was being tested at hospitals in Wuhanyong, Wuhans Hubei, and Wuhuan, according a statement provided by the Ministry.
In China, the injection machines have a relatively low chance of becoming a standard treatment for patients suffering from hepatitis C. They are currently used for the injection of drugs that have been given intravenously, and not for patients undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments.
“China is facing serious challenges in addressing drug shortages and drug-related deaths, and the development of a safe and effective drug injection system could significantly improve access to lifesaving drugs,” said Sarah E. McEwan, an associate professor of health policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
“The injector could help Chinese hospitals overcome these challenges.”
A new version of the injector has also been shown to work for injecting small amounts of drugs, like blood pressure medications and some anti-inflammatory medications.
However, the injectors use a different type of needle than a syringe used to inject drugs, which is less efficient.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among people aged 25 to 64 in the United States.