For some time now certain retail products have carried microchips that were traceable via GPS in the idea that it would provide market information to manufacturers. The next generation of this idea has now surfaced, and its far more personal than letting Kelloggs know exactly where you prefer to eat your frosted flakes. The next big thing that big brother has devised is implanting microchips in prescription drugs. These chips are activated once exposed to stomach acids, and then begin to transmit data to a patch worn on the skin about the size of a bandage.
Wait, it gets weirder. Once data is received by the patch, it can then send information about the time and date the medication was ingested as well as vital signs and bodily functions at the time of ingestion via blue tooth technology to a cell phone. People will also have the option of having this data sent directly to their doctors, who can then spend their time making absolutely sure that we all take our pills.
While it may seem like a good idea at first, like in most cases there is more than meets the eye. According to the report by Rueters, manufacturers of these chips do not plan to conduct any clinical trials or tests whatsoever. If it is to transmit data of this nature over an encrypted network, then the question also arises of what sort of power source these chips will use. Upon last check, components of batteries or capacitors are toxic and should never be ingested.
It also calls more questions into invasion of privacy, as the likelihood of government agents carrying scanners for these chips is a fairly reasonable assumption. They could likely be picked up by scanners in mass transport systems as well, adding another invasion of privacy to the already invasive naked body scanners that the TSA is using in U.S. airports these days. That could win you an all expense paid trip to cavity search island, in full accordance with their new enhanced pat down policies of course.
The biggest problem is that putting microchips in pills like this doesn't really benefit the patient so much as it does the pharmaceutical companies. They may potentially lose millions because of patients who forget to take their pills, and with this addition their doctors can stay on top of them and make sure they continue to load up on drugs Doctor knows best, after all.