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 only approved for use with placebos, but the developing company, Proteus Digital Health, hopes that it will be approved soon 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 signals 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.