IEM Pill Microchip Remote Monitoring Of Dosage

The Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) is a tiny microchip small enough to add to a common pill. Once swallowed, stomach acids activate the microchip.


(Pill microchip from Novartis AG)

The activated IEM sends data like heart rate, temperature and body movements to a special dermal patch via Bluetooth. From the patch, the data is made available to doctors.

The initial program will use one of the Swiss firm's established drugs taken by transplant patients to avoid organ rejection. But Trevor Mundel, global head of development, believes the concept can be applied to many other pills.

"We are taking forward this transplant drug with a chip and we hope within the next 18 months to have something that we will be able to submit to the regulators, at least in Europe," Mundel told the Reuters Health Summit in New York.

"I see the promise as going much beyond that," he added.

Fans of William Gibson's exceptional 1984 novel Neuromancer recall the implanted microprocessors that were used to monitor highly-placed corporate salarymen for illicit medication use.

Via MedGadget and Reuters.

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