We love our smart phones. We’ve got smart cars. Now the FDA has approved a smart pill to track the dosing of patients on the medication Abilify. It’s approved as a “digital pill” and the purpose is to ensure that the medication is being taken in its time-sensitive manner. Obviously there are some privacy issues called into question. Nobody deserves to be “Big Brothered” for their medication dosing. Period. The efficacy of this digital pill lies within the patient compliance. The drug is specific for mental conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The “magic” in this digital drop is no bigger than the size of a grain of sand and is activated when the pill interacts with stomach acid. A wifi signal from a patch on the skin sends the timing to a database the logs the time of medication activation. If the end-game is to track patient adherence to medication, why not do this with a more voluntary medication like Contrave or Belvique? Going into the guts of patients, even if it’s simply a wifi transmission, casts a dark shadow on the for liberty and justice for all pledge, don’t you think? Are people being paid for their compliance? Time is money, Uncle Sam.
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