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Pacidose dispenses medicine to babies with no fuss or spill

Sometimes necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Dr. Agnes Scoville, an ER doctor, was fed up with babies – including her own – spitting out medications. Rather than going through the same process over and over, Dr. Scoville had an idea for a new product: Pacidose. The Lexington Herald Ledger described the Epiphany:

She [Dr. Scovillle] drilled a hole through the center of a pacifier and inserted an angiocath — a narrow tube used in medical settings — in the hole. She then attached an oral syringe. The next time she gave medicine to her daughter, the modified pacifier worked so well she decided to start a business that manufactured and sold Pacidose.1

Pacidose Pacidose dispenses medicine to babies with no fuss or spill

Sometimes the simple ideas are the most effective. Pacidose, since the formation of the company in 2014, has proven its value time and time again. In 2015, Pacidose won the The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge, taking home the $15,000 prize; on 17 March 2016, the company took home third place, out of more than 2,000 entrants, in the Small Business Association’s National InnovateHER Business Challenge.

Right now, the $12.99 device is primarily being used in the home. However, Dr. Scoville told the Lexington Herald Ledger the the goal is to get the device into hospitals across the country:

Ultimately I would like to show this to hospitals. This saves medication, it makes sure babies get better more quickly. It’s not just at home. When babies are in the hospital, you don’t always want to have to start an IV on a baby. It hurts. It’s really painful to work with children and watch them suffering.2

  1. Tobias Wall, Lexington Herald Ledger, “Invention combines pacifier, syringe to give medication to babies,” 27 March 2016  
  2. Tobias Wall, Lexington Herald Ledger, “Invention combines pacifier, syringe to give medication to babies,” 27 March 2016