The dirty little secret about medicine is that most people don’t take them correctly.

Only about ten percent of kids get the entire ten days of antibiotic for strep throat, for example, and older people commonly forget doses.

Don’t use me as an example, because when I took INH for Tuberculosis exposure, back then I was supposed to take it a year…at the end of the year, I had three months of pills left. Sigh. (Luckily they now know six months is enough, and I never did get tb).

So we docs have all sorts of ways to get people to take their pills. Special pill boxes, some with beepers, nurses or others to call up and remind people to take pills etc., or for the really forgetful, patches and long acting shots.

But now, some German company has developed the absurd medicine dispenser of the year: teeth. LINK: an artificial tooth that will drip your medicine into your mouth slowly over a two week period. And it has a remote control to monitor and change the dosageLINK
Gizmodo remarks:

Why, it’s as simple as ripping a couple of your teeth out and replacing them with small devices that steadily inject your cheeks with medicine.

My worry is: if they can place computer chips to monitor medicine into your teeth, doesn’t this mean they could do the same to monitor where you are?

Big brother is watching you…

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind CLinic and Fishmarket

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