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First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

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WEB Notes: How far are people willing to go with technology? The reason given for taking this bionic pill makes zero sense. Why would I consent to taking a “rat me out pill” if I am not taking my medications? They are going to find out you are not taking your meds, so do as the good doctor says and just take them if you need them. I think this is a big topic for discussion, the medial field and the amount of prescriptions people have that if they changed their diet they would simply not need…

I am not offering advice, simply explaining what I see from my own experiences.

We recently had an article posted saying how sick Americans are. All despite our pills and our flu shots, we continue to become more ill. Now why on earth could that be? What changed? Think real hard for me.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.

The approval, announced late on Monday, marks a significant advance in the growing field of digital devices designed to monitor medicine-taking and to address the expensive, longstanding problem that millions of patients do not take drugs as prescribed.

Experts estimate that so-called nonadherence or noncompliance to medication costs about $100 billion a year, much of it because patients get sicker and need additional treatment or hospitalization.

“When patients don’t adhere to lifestyle or medications that are prescribed for them, there are really substantive consequences that are bad for the patient and very costly,” said Dr. William Shrank, chief medical officer of the health plan division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Source: First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’ – The New York Times

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