By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Technology
A new implantable microchip may remind patients via text message to follow the doctor's orders and take their prescribed medicine.
Implant a microchip into her arm.
A study with 20 patients by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis revealed that implanting a microchip into patients with prescription regimens improved compliance with the doctor's orders from 30 percent to 80 percent after six months, reports the Financial Times.
So how's it work? There's a tiny microchip in each pill swallowed, which relays a signal to an implanted chip in the patient's shoulder, that in turn sends a text message to the patient to take his or her medication.
In the race to maintain lucrative margins on proprietary medicines, several pharmaceutical companies are pursuing this technology. For example, Pfizer reportedly developed a system to telephone patients to encourage them to take medicine.
Novartis partnered with Proteus Biomedical, the original developer of the technology, for the tests.
Compliance is a problem faced by every doctor, particularly for patients suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes. Patients may not keep pace with regular medication and end up in the hospital -- a costly situation that can be avoided by following the doctor's orders.
But the arms race for biotech monitoring technologies are a concern for privacy advocates, who say that the technology allows for too much micromanagement.
Sep 23, 2009
These technologies are used for mind control. Information can just as easily be relayed to the brain as to a device with a screen for a text message. All a hacker has to do is get your code to harrass you to death along with advertising agencies on a repeat loop. These dangerous technologies, presented as good opportunities, should be avoided like any life threatening problem. If you can't remember to take medications you probably do not need in the first place, you probably already have an implant and a mind blocker at a drug company computer terminal somewhere who is paid by a brain studies program. Your memory is elsewhere on a database to be used as open source information in future neuromarketing public offerings on Wall Street.
I had the idea to produce a programable device that dispenses pre-packaged medications into a cup, with an automated voice telling the recipient to come take their meds. This would be especially effective for live-at-home dementia patients. Brandon Forest
Like someone?s 80- or 90-something Mom is going to be text messaging?!! Right. My 70-something parents don't even have cell phones...
And yet again, the Star Trek franchise gets it "right." Better yet, they should spend their money curing those ailments in the first place, but then the drug companies would go out of busines...
What next, implanted in our skulls with built in speakers so we hear voices? "But your honor the voices told me to take the drugs" What if prescriptions change, can this new info be scanned into the existing chip? or are we destined to multiple implants as our needs change? Will pensioners have to pay for this text service and what happens if they can't afford to buy the pills or their phone goes flat or loses reception? Sorry but the old pill containers with separate days written on top still seem the easiest method, less costly and pretty much foolproof.
There?s a tiny microchip in each pill swallowed, which relays a signal to an implanted chip in the patient?s shoulder, that in turn sends a text message to the patient to take his or her medication. If patient has already swallowed the pill what's the point of sending a text message to remind him/her to take the medication?!