The Patient Story

Portal Instruments was founded with the mission to improve the experience for patients on life-changing drug therapies. Hear from several patients on the challenges they face administering their medications and the hope that Portal provides.

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What It’s Really Like To Live With Ulcerative Colitis – A Candid Patient Post

My name is Michaella. I am a 22-year-old female from Western Massachusetts who got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was in 8th grade, nine years ago.

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Portal Partners with Mediaplanet’s Autoimmune Diseases Campaign

Portal Instruments recently participated in Mediaplanet USA’s Autoimmune Diseases campaign, where we united with industry leaders to increase awareness about the over 100 autoimmune diseases that plague millions of Americans today.

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The Genesis of Portal Instruments

Dr. Ian Hunter, Hatsopolous Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and inventor of the underlying Portal needle-free technology, describes his journey from inception of the technology through different iterations of prototypes that eventually evolve into the handheld prototype that we have today.

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A Better Jet Injection System

Needle-free drug delivery devices have been around since the 1960s. However, most of these devices could only deliver a limited volume of medication, had limited ability to control injection depth, and were known to be loud and painful. These factors created barriers to their widespread adoption.

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Needle Anxiety: A Barrier to Patient Adherence and Positive Health Outcomes

The social stigma around needle use and inherent discomfort around needle handling can create barriers to adoption and sustained adherence to a prescribed treatment plan.

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Fear of Needles May Chip Away at Vaccination Rates

The reasons people may skip vaccines such as the flu shot are many. They can include apathy or being too busy. They can include people believing that they won’t get sick or fearing vaccines. But recent research suggests another reason some may skip shots: fear of needles. And it’s a fear that may be preventable.

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The Negative Impact of Needle Anxiety on Patient Health

Numerous patients around the world experience terrible anxiety when faced with the prospect of a needle-based injection. The distress can be so overwhelming that patients sometimes skip doses or simply choose to forego treatment entirely.

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Combating Medication Non-Adherence with Leading-Edge Technology

Medicine only works when taken consistently, making medication adherence essential to achieving positive treatment outcomes. It is estimated that 190 million Americans are affected by one or more chronic conditions, most of which can be managed via medication. Non-adherence is a loss for everyone.

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Biologics: Advanced Drugs that Deserve an Advanced Delivery Technology

Compared to conventional pharmaceutical drugs, biologics feature robust therapeutic efficacy, high selectivity, and limited side effects. However, there are marked limitations for the delivery of biologic drugs.

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