FDA Approves New Digital Sensor To Ensure "Patients With Mental Health Issues" Take Their Meds

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved a new pill with a digital sensor in it.

It will “ensure” that patients who suffer from mental health issues take their medicine when they are told. But privacy concerns have not gone unnoticed.

Regulators in the United States have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked as it makes its way through the human body.  The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets used for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

But many are raising the red flag that this could simply be another form of medical “big brother.” You may no longer have the right to refuse medications in the very near future.

The Abilify MyCite features a sensor the size of a grain of sand made of silicon, copper, and magnesium. An electrical signal is activated when the sensor comes into contact with stomach acid - the sensor then passes through the body naturally.

 

A patch the patient wears on their left rib cage receives the signal several minutes after the pill is ingested. The patch then sends data like the time the pill was taken and the dosage to a smartphone app over Bluetooth.

 

The patch also records activity levels, sleeping patterns, steps taken, activity, and heart rate, and must be replaced every seven days. The patient’s doctor and up to four other people chosen by the patient, including family members, can access the information. The patient can revoke access at any time.

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Is it really hard to understand why people are raising concerns about privacy over this new pill? The pill is one way to address the prevalent problem of patients not taking their medication correctly. According to the IMS Institute’s estimates, the improper and unnecessary use of medicine cost the US healthcare sector over $200 billion in 2012.

But, the approval also opens the door for pills that are used for other conditions beyond mental health to be digitized and monitored, and could eventually lead to tracking devices for humans being slipped into medication. What is the government’s obsession with keeping the people doped up? Complacency, perhaps?

Others are worried that tracking pills will be a step towards punishing patients who don’t comply with either medical or government demands to take drugs.

Ameet Sarpatwari, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School told The New York Times the digital pill “has the potential to improve public health. [But] if used improperly, it could foster more mistrust instead of trust.”

Comments

Malleus Maleficarum Bush Baby Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:41 Permalink

It already is that way! That type of defense almost never works, and it certainly isn't a "get out of jail free card!" In the exceptionally rare cases when it does work, at least in my state, it's not like they send you to some luxury resort hospital and you go free six months later after after killing someone! If murderers who tried that shit successfully knew what awaited them at the state psychiatric prison (not hospital, though it's not much better), they wouldn't dare try the "insanity" defense, they'd beg to go to a regular prison!That 'buy your way out of a murder beef by pretending to be nuts' is an old statist TV trope that plays on people's ignorance of the inequities and realities of the medical and legal systems, and reinforces a common human desire for harsh punishment for everyone except yourself. Indeed, if you actually "win" by pleading "insanity," you typically go to a very nasty, very dangerous psychiatric facility within the state prison system, and if you get out, the state rides your ass like there's no tomorrow. You don't take whatever meds that state says you need, you go right back inside! There are the rare flukes, granted, and exceptions for the wealthy and connected, but hell, that's the way of the world! No matter, there is no need to worry - the state is winning!Some very violent, very insane people may need to be forcibly medicated, but it sets a very dangerous precedent and when you ask the state to do it, you'd better watch them like a damned hawk, because they'll overstep and innocent Americans will pay for it, as usual! Maybe as we get poorer and are forced to refocus our priorities, we can hone in on the real, truly dangerous psychopaths among us (Wall Street? Bankers? Warmongers?) The vast majority of schizophrenics are not violent, and have it pretty damned rough, as is. 

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GreatUncle Crazy Or Not Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

Sister was sectioned in the UK to hide malpractice by the NHS.They only need a doctor to sign it off and anybody can be sectioned, no rights, nothing.Family had to fight to get her out and was awarded compensation for her injuries (bought a house outright) so sizeable award.Fuck all for false imprisonment though ...TRUE STORY ... THOSE IN POWER ARE JUST FUCKING ANIMALS.

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BennyBoy knukles Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:39 Permalink

 "Look at the latest DSM ... everything under the sun is categorized as a mental illness."Your post is certainly categorized under DSM-4.0.2: "Correct omissions of truth and other types of hallucinations in Replies to Comment writings show psychotic symptoms severity mixed with persistent Posting trauma response."

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copperthumb Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

....wait, so if I dip this tracker in replicated stomach fluid (can be mixed up easily) and hold it to my rib cage, they won't know I'm off my meds? Fucking idiots.

Consuelo Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:19 Permalink

  - All that remains are definitions of what constitutes mental illness via Federal mandate.- And all that remains as a catalyst to the above is a loose definition of what constitutes a threat to national security.See how easy it is...?