The FDA has approved the first digital pill – The pill is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient — the patch then transmits medication data to smartphone app which the patient can voluntarily upload to a database for their doctor. | Amazing Articles
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The FDA has approved the first digital pill – The pill is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient — the patch then transmits medication data to smartphone app which the patient can voluntarily upload to a database for their doctor.

The FDA has approved the first digital pill – The pill is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient — the patch then transmits medication data to smartphone app which the patient can voluntarily upload to a database for their doctor.

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  1. BuffaloVampireSlayer

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I wonder if the generic version of these digital pills will have ad supported apps.

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  2. kirosenn

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Nanomachines? I’ve seen enough movies and played enough games to know how this ends. No thank you robot overlords.

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  3. MistaSmiles

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    ‘upload to a database for their doctor’

    No doctor will ever be checking that database, except maybe if you crash. The value in this is for researchers to come later & track results

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  4. MaskedTitanBane

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Shits cool and all to have technical implants; but with the way how things are going (one good example being facebook invading privacy) I am not having a single damn wire in me, not having one connect to my brain, and not having a wireless transmitting one that can receive signals.

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  5. kopecs

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    “Hi, please inject me with little nano-bots. I completely trust you!”

    *Gets hacked*

    “Hi Doc, I’m back again. Someone hacked me and I can’t stop punching myself in the dick, it’s some type of Virus I think”

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  6. RonSwansoneer

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    sounds like the worst thing you could give a paranoid schizophrenic, this should have went to alzheimers so they don’t double dose and die

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  7. Panda_911

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I have been using an app called [Talkspace](http://talkspace.com), where we talk to therapist directly without going to their office or clinic. Now I wonder this digital pill will help to describe everything happening in my body better than myself to the doctor? In that case, it will be very useful for someone like me.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.

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  8. illinoishokie

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Wait a minute. So does this mean the digital internal body temperature sensors that have been used in professional sports to combat heat stroke weren’t FDA approved?

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  9. jswizz69

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    And then insurance companies can completely fuck you based off of “existing conditions.”

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  10. KJ6BWB

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This is huge. The article links to another article that says:

    > NYU bioethicist Arthur Caplan says he can imagine a judge using Proteus to enforce medication as part of a sentence: miss a pill, and your parole is revoked.

    Something like that would be incredible for no-alcohol or no-drugs orders. As it now stands, even when people are ordered to not drink alcohol, as part of (for instance) a repeated DUI infraction parole condition, will usually be ordered to get a daily alcohol test after work. But the person can start drinking like a fish as soon as they leave the test, drive home while drunk, drink for hours into the night, be hungover when they get to work the next morning, and then by the time work is over the amount of alcohol in their system will be low enough to pass the test right after work and the cycle continues.

    Something that could continually monitor a person’s compliance 24/7 would be a real game changer. I’ve seen too many people who want help, but can’t break that cycle of addiction. Some people might complain that this infringes on the freedom of the person, but losing your one parole chance and going back to prison for several more years is going to curtail your freedom even more, so I’m all for this.

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  11. WildMuppetParade

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I wouldn’t trust that one bit. Does it come with a ToS?

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  12. wizl

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Asked a coworker psychiatrist for his opinion on this. Too expensive for the average bipolar or schizophrenic. Abilify is expensive as is. Just a way to avoid going generic. Same as inventing the new med rexulti.

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  13. drbroshuajergman

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Now we Americans can know exactly how bad those pills are fucking our bodies up when we are 65 and dying of obesity, heart disease, and liver cirrhosis. Don’t worry, Doctor Smith doesn’t feel the need to tell you to take care of yourself when he can just give you blood pressure medicine and dialysis.

    This is great but keep in mind America’s healthcare makes money off of your suffering. In sociology, our healthcare is classified as a cure-system rather than preventative like it should be.

    Whenever I have gone to the clinic for a checkup the doctors look at me like I’m crazy when I ask for a copy of the analysis. Your a fucking doctor, I want more than a “You’re OK” which is what we accept as the norm over here.

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  14. Boxagonapus

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    It’s from Japan
    It’s a gray, oblong pill
    Quantum nano-technology CPU
    The quantum computer in the pill will travel through your blood until
    It implants in your brain and it tells you what to do

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  15. kellypg

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    my thought process: This is really cool…this could be bad…is this an invasion of privacy?

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  16. MittensSlowpaw

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Neat.. but no. Not until our government stops being a piece of garbage and actually passes laws to keep up with technology.

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  17. billbucket

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    ITT: “I don’t understand this, which means it’s evil. Also, I’m very mad at EA right now.”

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  18. The_Greek_God_

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I went through a training one time where they would make us swallow a digital pill before “cold water events”. They would come around and scan our stomachs periodically to make sure we didn’t die.

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  19. saltywings

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    So it just tells you what medicine you need? That is kind of crazy and sort of undermines the need for a doctor then right?

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  20. Omnix_Eltier

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    r/Shadowrun
    The 6th world is looking awfully close

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  21. Open_Thinker

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Read the article, I see Proteus collaborated on this product. Thought that they had FDA approval on a diagnostic pill years ago, I guess not and the previous new items about them were just hype articles?

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  22. pantslog

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I was just watching the adult swim fake infomercial for smart pipe… This is a little too close

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  23. seeingeyegod

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Such a digital little pill. swallloooowww it down, feel it processing in your stomach.

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  24. Elpacoverde

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    i don’t think i’ll do anything like this for a long time, especially considering our security.

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  25. doglywolf

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    because anything that transmits INSIDE our body seems like a good idea if big pharma can make money

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  26. kosmic_osmo

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    An episode of the new season of Red Dwarf had a similar device.

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  27. Vanilla_Milkshaq

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    And insurance companies will never insure people because everybody will have preexisting conditions

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  28. Frojuice

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    The FDA approves the first hackable drug. Meanwhile marijuana is still a class 1 scheduled drug. The FDA is big pharmaceutical’s bottom bitch.

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  29. buttmoscato

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Now hackers can murder you. Ransom-ware just upped its leverage.

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  30. lukemark31

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This could be useful for people whom may not remember if they have taken their meds for the day. Once in a while on extremely hectic days I cannot recall if I have taken an insulin injection; so I usually take it and deal with hypoglycemia in the event I have mistakenly taken an additional dose. I can deal with a low blood sugar faster than a high one and there is less pain associated with low blood sugar and faster recovery time. This pill could be helpful. What would make it even better is if a pill were invented that could fix cellular and genetic flaws. Depressed? Take this pill, it’s programmed to fix your brain and afford you the proper chemical balance. Renal failure? Take this pill to regenerate healthy kidneys (Star Trek anyone?)

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  31. Ozymander

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Here come the Republicans to say this is some grand conspiracy.

    I’ll hold my breath

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  32. DevilsThird

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    That’s awesome till big pharma jacks up your insurance.

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  33. Sadistic_Overlord

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    How long until we get some accela? You know, the pointy pills they had in lain.

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  34. TheMonksAndThePunks

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    We can all see the benefits, but the group that will be most resistive to adoption will be **DOCTORS**.

    Do you think they really want to know if a given patient is adherent to their medication? Definitely not, because if they are made aware of an adherence problem and do not take action to correct patient behavior and the patient has negative outcomes, they will have a big liability problem. This capability effectively throws much of the responsibility back to the medical community, and they *really* don’t want it.

    Nobody on the tech side is talking about this, but this is a huge barrier to broad adoption.

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  35. kevinpdx

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    A “patch worn” is a lot better than the **patch worm** I thought they were controlling with a sensor.

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  36. lobster_thermidor

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I would just be super happy if it sent a text notification saying something like “go to Wally World because your period starts in 1 hour”.

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  37. The-Bent

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    The medication is abilify, a pill to help schizophrenics. This seems like exactly the sort of thing a schizophrenic would try to warn people about.

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  38. Cocaine_and_Hookers

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I think it would be good for someone that needs to stay on a certain med that maybe keeps them from becoming a danger to them selves and others.

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  39. thelonghauls

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Medical data also transmitted to your health insurance provider so they can increase rates accordingly when your liver function begins to decline from binge drinking.

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  40. ging3rtabby

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I have 12,003 medical problems and zero interest in journaling, tracking symptoms, taking my blood pressure with any regularity (sorry, primary care doctor). Is the nausea* I’m experiencing a new symptom? Of what? An acute illness or a chronic illness? If chronic, one that I already have, or a new one? Is it a side effect? Do I have food poisoning? Is it Thursday and between 50 and 55F? I don’t fucking know, and I’m exhausted before I even try to figure it out.

    This would be amazing.

    *Not saying that nausea is necessarily something this could track, but my brain is derp and I can’t think of a better example.

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  41. Falcoark

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    soon enough, a children will ask its dad the reason for anything happening, and the dad will always answer: “nanomachines, son”

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  42. SecTrono

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    my biggest concern is where the pill was before i put it in my mouth. i mean… are they one time use.. or are they “recycled”?

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  43. enigmical

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Voluntarily now.

    Later, you lose your insurance if you don’t.

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  44. carvex

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Please purchase the full app for $999 to receive the antidote.

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  45. LeeDH

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This is getting a little too ‘Matrix’ for my liking

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  46. elfymama

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Oh great so ‘the circle’ is becoming reality. Zing!

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  47. VEx_TantHurnam

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    So many scenarios playing in my head, all of which is how all this shit could go wrong. Maybe I’m just a pessimist. But fuck the future if 1) these greedy ass corporations are gonna be a central part of it 2) They refuse to be held accountable for possible damages. Both of which are likely imo

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  48. ReasonablyBadass

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    “Your cellphones weren’t enough. So now we’ll put the transponders in you!”

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  49. Andy_finlayson

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Anyone else read “patch worn” as “watch porn”? Selective dyslexia. Brb.

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  50. oldcreaker

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    So they are going to have people who decide on their own to stop taking their pills – to take more pills, wear patches, manage apps and upload data? Unless this gets tied up in court orders and stuff (as in legally forcing people to do it), how is this even going to work?

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  51. guinnypig

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I feel like this could easily be abused by insurance companies and the government.

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  52. RobustEnigma

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Incoming ethical quandary…

    Once the contact lenses become smart, can start taking away vision?

    > We haven’t sensed your monthly access code, vision quality has reduced to pre-prescription levels.

    Is this a real tangible fear, or just dystopian dreams?

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  53. HammerOn1024

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Great… so now you want to cyber punk my colon… pass.

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  54. MyFeetFeelTheHeat

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Once they’ve standardized this, healthcare is only gonna cost more– yay~!

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  55. Kakawfee

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    So uh, no one’s gonna mention how they retrieve the device or are they just gonna throw it out as it exits the digestive tract?

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  56. Anonymous

    November 14, 2017 at 8:52 pm

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