BBC: FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

 
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Regulators in the U.S. have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The pill, about the size of a grain of sand, takes 30 minutes to two hours to detect (the sensor activates when it comes into contact with stomach fluid) and is to be used for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes.

The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets record that the medication has been taken and the patient wears a patch which transmits that info to their smartphone- and whoever is keeping tabs on them- like the prescribing doctor (although patients have to consent to that). 1

At this time, the pills aren’t licensed for elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis. 2

“Experts hope it could improve medication compliance, although the company that makes the tablets says this has not been proved for their product.” 3

How do you feel about this? The idea that this tech could allow doctors to better understand medication compliance is a good thing, to be sure. It could also be beneficial to loved ones who need their family members to stay on their meds. However, this could potentially be a slippery slope- allowing your doctor to essentially “spy” on you opens up a huge can of worms. If the FDA is willing to allow this, what won’t they allow?

Our privacy continues to slip away.








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Sources and References

  1. BBC, November 14, 2017.
  2. BBC, November 14, 2017.
  3. BBC, November 14, 2017.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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  • Jacqueline Shults

    Well since they prescribed anti depressants to people like candy. Yes some are clinically depressed but most are what I call situational depressed (they want to be happy but will not do anything to change their situation) or are just deficient in vitamins or minerals, it is scary that they are basically going to force/track to ensure they take these suicidal inducing pills.

  • Luccim

    Does the pill stay in the stomach without being pooped out??