GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - EtectRX has created an ingestible sensor that fits inside a gelatin capsule. The sensor is called the ID-Tag and when it comes into contact with stomach fluid, the reaction creates enough electricity for the tag to emit a radio wave to a receiver. The receiver then sends a message to your phone which alerts medical staff the medication was taken.
The technology is largely being used for research applications at the moment. The company recieved FDA approval earlier this Fall and is working with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with a few research projects. One of the projects studies medication adherance for HIV positive patients and another tracks medication usage for patients discharged with pain management medications.
The advantages to research are huge because the technology gives researchers unbias and true information about medicine usage, without human errors that may arise in research where patients self report their medication usage.