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/ 30 Sep, 2019
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Compact, Drug Intake Device That Makes Swallowing Medication Easy

Taking medication can be problematic and stressful for children and seniors who have difficulty swallowing or face other medical restrictions. However, a new drinking straw device equipped with a filter component from Porex not only makes it easier to ingest but provides added convenience for the user.


Using a porous filter solution from Porex, the XStraw® from DS Technology GmbH is designed for safe, pre-portioned oral drug intake to ensure a precise dose upon each use. To operate, a person simply removes the cap, dips the XStraw into a beverage of his or her choice and ingests the proper drug dosage (pellets or granules) by sucking on the straw. 

“We all know how challenging it can be for some people to take medication,” said Ronald Geisler, Porex sales director for Europe.  “That’s why we are constantly striving to engineer innovative components that medical device manufacturers can use to improve product design and set new standards for consumer safety. Our filter technology allows for the drug to dissolve safely, without the need for the tablet to be crushed or the capsule to be opened, which essentially can alter the release time and predetermined dosage.”

The POREX® filter is engineered to keep the pellet-based drug in place and to help push it through the transparent straw. When dipped into a drink, the filter’s hydrophobic nature prevents the pellets from clumping. The filter doesn’t start to absorb the liquid until there is pressure applied by sucking on the straw, and it travels to the upper position when finished to indicate the drug was completely consumed – a practical control function for the user or caregiver.

The XStraw is compact and flexible, making it easy to transport.  It’s suitable for a variety of applications including the pharmaceutical and medical fields, particularly for pediatrics, geriatrics and patients with dysphagia or internal blockages.

“With more than 50 percent of people young and old having problems taking pills, the XStraw becomes a game-changer for anyone seeking a simple and intuitive method for administering an exact dosing quantity,” said Dr. Elke Sternberger-Rützel of DS Technology.  “Through our partnership with Porex, we’re able to offer patients of all ages an effective way to ingest their medication safely and properly.”

The XStraw is currently in preparation for many countries all over the world. The countries where the XStraw will be available for patients first will be Switzerland, China and Middle East and North Africa.

To learn more about Porex, visit www.porex.com.

About Porex Corporation

For nearly 60 years, Porex Corporation has been partnering with our customers to deliver engineering and design innovations that turn their product ideas into reality.  Through a collaborative engineering partnership, Porex develops high-value porous polymer solutions to their product design challenges in absorption, application, diffusion, filtration, venting, and wicking. By applying our extensive porous polymer material science, product design, and custom plastic manufacturing expertise to developing porous solutions, we help our customers overcome their complex product development challenges. As a result, over 1,500 customers in 65 countries trust Porex for their porous polymer technologies that can be used in a wide variety of applications in healthcare, consumer, electronics, and industrial industries to improve the performance of their end products and create a safer, healthier and more productive world.  Let our experience, quality, and innovation support your continued success by reaching out to us at www.porex.com.

About Filtration Group

Porex is part of the Life Sciences division of Filtration Group. Filtration Group is making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value.  Filtration Group serves a highly diverse set of customers with offerings that span life sciences, process technologies, and fluid and indoor air quality applications. One of the fastest growing companies in the industry, Filtration Group serves its customers from over 100 facilities in 28 countries. For more information, visit www.filtrationgroup.com.

About DS Technology GmbH

DS Technology GmbH, based in Winnenden near Stuttgart, markets the XStraw® and other medical and pharmaceutical products. The experts from DS Technology, with many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, advise and support interested parties during the entire value creation. This helps with a fast and safe product launch.

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