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Monday, August 27, 2012

A pill that tells you when to take it? (Don't be fooled: this is a covert chipping and monitoring attempt)

If you have trouble remembering whether you took your pills on time, your medicine may soon have the answer for you.

Pills for anything from the common cold to diabetes or cancer can be embedded with tiny ingestible chips that keep track of whether a patient is taking their medicine on time.

The digital feedback technology, devised by Redwood City, California-based Proteus Digital Health Inc, can also prompt patients to take their medicine and even ask them to take a walk if they have been inactive for too long.

"Overall, people only take their medications half of the time ... adherence is a really big issue across all treatments," Eric Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, a non-profit medical service provider, told Reuters.

Some patients might not like their pill-taking being tracked but the system can help manage patients' complicated medicine routines, such as diabetes or heart conditions.

"This is a way to have a "friend" helping look after me, since my doctor can't be there most of the time," said Kelly Close, a diabetes patient and the founder of diaTribe, a newsletter for people with diabetes. She has not yet used the pill. more

Thoughts: The key phrase is the following. "...can be embedded with tiny ingestible chips that keep track of whether a patient is taking their medicine on time." And what happens if the masses don't take their medication on time? What then?