Medical Drone Delivery Success in Ireland

In September, DroneLife reported on the world’s first BVLOS medical delivery in Ireland.

Researchers at NUI Galway partnered with German drone startup Wingcopter to transport prescription medication and blood samples for diabetes patients.

This week, the research team released more details about the project in an ENDO 2020 abstract to  be published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

The 16-minute test flight from Galway, Ireland, to the Aran Islands – about 12 miles off the west Irish coast – required approvals from aviation, pharmaceutical and clinical regulatory agencies.

Because severe storms have disrupted healthcare access in Ireland over the past few years, the team sought a solution to deliver vital medicine, like insulin, to diabetes patients in remote regions. Patients might otherwise be stranded for days without treatment.