New device tracks pill intake

Published On: Jan 25 2013 01:42:40 PM EST

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Tracers could soon be placed in pharmaceutical pills.

A new patent has been filed for the technology that would make tracing the ingestion of medication possible.

These traces are molecular-sized and would be built into the pills. They would be able to send notifications to your cell phone via a supercomputer. The technology's inventor, Donald Spector, told The Huffington Post over the phone Wednesday.

He said the information transmitted could include the concentration of the drug in the bloodstream.

Spector, also the Chairman of the New York College of Health Professions, said the sensor could be used in basically any pill, or anything else you may want to measure in the bloodstream.

Some of the benefits could be: being able to track whether an elderly relative has remembered to take a particular medication daily or even regularly, or even to make sure mental health patients released from institutions are taking their correct dosages on time.

This is not the first drug-tracking device on the market, though Spector said one reason his is unique is that it doesn't require the use of any other external device to activate it. He said it will communicate with the supercomputers directly from inside the body.

For more information on this technology and the full article check out The Huffington Post.

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