Ready for WiFi drugs?
Medicines can’t work effectively if patients don’t follow their dosing schedule â€” a problem researchers hope to overcome by delivering drugs using an implanted microchip linked to a wireless control outside the body.
Researchers for MicroCHIPS Inc. say they’ve successfully controlled drug doses for up to six months in dogs that received implants in an experiment. Inside the implants were postage stamp-sized microchips containing 100 tiny reservoirs of medicine released at different intervals and amounts.
MicroCHIPS’ system is far smaller than insulin pumps â€” its experimental implant is about the size of a small cookie, and comparable in size to an implantable heart defibrillator. The system also is unique because it uses a wireless device that potentially could control the release of multiple drugs from a single implant in the abdomen, while also monitoring drug levels and adjusting dosing accordingly, Santini said
If you thought you were worried about your wireless security now?? Just wait until you have a wireless chip implanted in your body controlling your insulin or heart medication. I’m imagining scriptykids hacking into your blood glucose levels.
Kinda scary, I think.