The FDA approved the first microchip that can be ingested
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the release of a tablet containing a microchip with a sensor to monitor compliance with medical treatments, which for some marks the beginning of the era of digital medicine.
The company behind this invention is Proteus Digital Health , who designed a sensor the size of a grain of sand that consists of a silicon chip that contains traces of copper and magnesium. When digested, it generates a small voltage that corresponds to the digestive juices, which is converted into a signal that contains a patch on the patient’s skin, which transfers the information to a mobile phone.
Currently only approved the device based on studies showing its safety and effectiveness when installed on placebo pills, so the company hopes to “approve soon its invention with other medications such as that should be consumed for years, as remedies against tuberculosis , diabetes or chronic diseases of old, “said George Savage , co-founder and head of the medical area of the company.
Savage says the idea is not “that doctors punish people but to understand how patients respond to treatments. In this way, may require different doses or change the remedy if they notice are not taken properly, “says the doctor.
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