When Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was at the World Economic Forum recently he touted some scary new technology.
Bourla touted ingestible pills that would have a tiny microchip that had a wireless signal. It would inform authorities when the pharmaceutical has been digested.
“Imagine the compliance,” he added.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla explains Pfizer’s new tech to Davos crowd: “ingestible pills” – a pill with a tiny chip that send a wireless signal to relevant authorities when the pharmaceutical has been digested. “Imagine the compliance,” he says pic.twitter.com/uYapKJGDJx
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.
The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. The patch transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smart phone. Patients can also permit their caregivers and physician to access the information through a web-based portal.
“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.”
Bourla’s announcement comes as 194 nations are preparing to meet at Davos with the WEF and the WHO to discuss a pact that would give the UN the ability to lockdown nations regardless of what individual governments want.
According to reports, the USA is taking part in the talks but ” but has opposed a binding treaty.”
Nations that sign on to the legally binding portions of the treaty would give up their sovereignty to the WHO and would be “automatically legally binding for members unless they explicitly object.”