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The FDA Approves the First Digital Digestible Pill

Would you swallow a digital pill? Sounds crazy, but true. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digestible device. The device is currently only approved for use with placebos, but the developing company, Proteus Digital Health, is hopeful that it will be approved in the near future for other drugs.
The microchip, made of silicon, is small, very small – approximately the size of a sand-particle. It can be embedded in drugs to monitor patients’ response to treatment. When swallowed, the pill generates slight voltage, which in turn sends a signal to a patch worn by the patient, which transmits relevant information to a healthcare provider’s cell phone. It is anticipated that these pills could be used to treat everything from drug-resistant tuberculosis to diabetes.
Really incredible technology that hopefully is the future.

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