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Digital Pills Tell Whether You Took Your Medicine

The ostensible purpose is to monitor whether the elderly and forgetful are keeping up with regimens. However, it’s easy to imagine a future in which criminals are paroled on the condition that they take behavior-altering drugs, et cetera. Via Nature:

Digestible microchips embedded in drugs may soon tell doctors whether a patient is taking their medications as prescribed. These sensors are the first ingestible devices approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To some, they signify the beginning of an era in digital medicine.

The sand-particle sized sensor consists of a minute silicon chip containing trace amounts of magnesium and copper. When swallowed, it generates a slight voltage in response to digestive juices, which conveys a signal to the surface of a person’s skin where a patch then relays the information to a mobile phone belonging to a healthcare-provider.

Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute…says that the 2010s will be known as the era of digital medical devices.

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Pharma Moves To Make OxyContin For Kids

For when a bandaid isn’t enough. Via The Daily:

The maker of OxyContin is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval to label the controversial painkiller for use by children as young as 6 in a move that could serve to extend the company’s expiring patent on the lucrative drug.

Purdue Pharma has paid dozens of clinical sites around the country to document what happens when OxyContin, an addictive pharmaceutical widely abused by recreational users, is given to children. The family-owned pharmaceutical company earned an estimated $2.8 billion in revenue last year from sales of the powerful opioid, part of the same drug family as morphine and heroin.


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Powdered Baby Flesh Pills Being Smuggled Out Of China

Methamphetamine_pillsEating baby flesh concentrate in pill form is sort of a dark version of the current U.S. yuppie trend of consuming the placenta for nutritional purposes after giving birth. Will this be China’s next big export? Via the BBC:

The Korea Customs Service said it had found almost 17,500 of the capsules being smuggled into the country from China since August 2011. The powdered flesh, which officials said came from dead babies and foetuses, is reportedly thought by some to cure disease and boost stamina.

Capsules were being dyed or switched into boxes of other drugs in a bid to disguise them. Some of the capsules were found in travellers’ luggage and some in the post, customs officials said.

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