In less than a decade, taking medication may be as easy as running a magnet over your skin.

In five years time, a magnetic implant may deliver your personalized dose of medication.

The device has been developed by researchers from the University of British Columbia UBC and could help ease treatments for patients required to take many pills or undergo regular intravenous injections.

At just six millimeters in diameter, the device is made of a silicone sponge and magnetic carbonyl iron particles encased in a round polymer.

It s designed to fit just under a patient s skin.

When activated by a magnet passed over the outside of the skin, the sponge deforms and its drug contents are dispersed through a small opening in the polymer casing.

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