Big Pharma to Begin Microchipping Drugs

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The age of
pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of
the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to
begin embedding microchips in medications to create “smart pill”
technology.

The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical
of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the
embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting
data to a receiver worn by the patient. This receiver is also a
transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.

The idea behind all this is to create “smart pills” that can sense
what’s happening in the body and deliver that information
to the patient’s doctor. Novartis plans to start microchipping
its organ transplant anti-rejection drugs
and then potentially expand microchipping to other pharmaceuticals
in its product lineup. This same technology could soon end up in
pills made by other drug
companies
, too.

The best
laid plans…

It all sounds
good on the surface, but NaturalNews
readers no doubt have lots of skeptical questions about this technology.
For starters, Novartis
apparently isn’t planning on conducting any clinical
trials
that might take into account the safety issues of swallowing
microchips.
“Novartis does not expect to have to conduct full-scale clinical
trials to prove the new products work,” reports
Reuters
. “Instead, it aims to do so-called bioequivalence tests
to show they are the same as the original.”

But I have
a question: What chemicals
or heavy metals are contained in the microchip itself? A microchip
that transmits data obviously must have a power
source, meaning it needs to have a very small battery or capacitor
of some sort. The materials used in capacitors and batteries, to
my knowledge, are toxic to the human body
and should never be eaten.

Microchips
are not food,

and to swallow them seems risky to your health,
especially if you’re swallowing several microchips per day.

Data privacy

Another huge
concern with microchips that transmit data is data privacy.
If these microchips are broadcasting information, then obviously
that information can be picked up by anything nearby, including
potentially unscrupulous individuals or organizations who might
put it to a nefarious use.

For example, suppose a local pharmacy store installs a microchip
signal detector in their main door entrance in order to track people
who are broadcasting medication
data. They could then theoretically decode that data and use it
to determine what health condition that customer might be suffering
and then push competing generic pharmaceuticals as a replacement.

Government
agents could carry “pharma microchip scanners” that determine what
pills you’re taking right now. This could be used to violate your
privacy by sharing that data with other government
agencies or it could even be sold off to third-party marketing companies.

I very much doubt the data being broadcast by the microchips in
these pills will be encrypted because encryption requires
real processing power, and there isn’t room for much of a CPU or
power source inside these tiny microchips. Most likely, they are
going to broadcast raw signal data that can be detected and
decoded quite easily.

Remember
to take your meds

But the really
scary part about these microchipped medications
is that this technology will be used to make sure people are
taking their medication
. Drug companies lose billions of dollars
a year (in their minds) from patients
not remembering to take their pills. Of course, half the reason
they can’t remember to take their pills is because many pharmaceuticals
damage cognitive function
, but that’s another story.

So this smart-pill
microchip technology will likely be used to track what pills patients
have taken so that they can be “gently reminded” to take more pills
they may have forgotten. In the marketing business, this is called
a “continuity program.” It’s a way to make sure repeat sales happen
on a regular basis.

In this context,
microchipping the pills benefits the drug
companies
, not necessarily the patients. This is especially
true when considering those pharmaceuticals that are harmful to
human health – and we all know the pharmaceutical market is
full of pills that have later been found to be extremely dangerous
or even deadly (Vioxx, anyone?).

Coming soon:
Police drug scanners and employer drug scanners

Now, there
may be one interesting side effect to all this: Employers who are
interviewing potential job candidates might be able to buy (or make)
simple drug scanning devices that detect the presence of a pharmaceutical
microchip broadcast signal. (You could probably make one in your
garage from electronic parts purchased at Radio Shack.)

This might be very useful for employers
who don’t want to hire people taking medications. They invite
you in for an interview and quietly scan for drug broadcast data.
A red light tells them you’re broadcasting medication data, and
they calmly tell you the interview is over and “we’ll get back to
you.”

With employers
right now drowning in health
insurance
costs, this could provide a simple, easy way for corporations
to avoid taking on anyone who might create a cost burden on their
health insurance
plans (from their point of view). I don’t necessarily agree with
this use of the technology; I’m just saying this is one way in which
it is likely to be used by employers to screen out employees who
are on medications.

Cops, too, could use a similar scanning device to determine if a
driver at the scene of an accident might be medication impaired.
Now this is a use I actually do agree with. Today’s roadways are
filled with mentally impaired drivers who are doped up on
medications. The problem is actually far worse than drunk drivers,
by the way, and yet virtually nothing is being done to combat this
problem of “medicated
drivers.” (Most people don’t even know the problem exists.)

If people taking medications are broadcasting that fact through
all the little microchips they swallow, then scanning for the presence
of medications is simple. It’s even easier than a breathalyzer test
because it requires no action on the part of the test subject. The
cop just presses a button, waits two seconds, and can then determine
whether you’re broadcasting medication data. At that point, you
might be arrested under suspicion of “driving while medicated.”

Another
reason not to take meds

There are clearly
a lot of unanswered questions and even some potential risks involved
in taking microchipped pharmaceuticals. For some people, privacy
issues may be the biggest factor of all, because who wants to broadcast
the fact that they’re taking meds in the first place?

I don’t take any pharmaceuticals, obviously, and most NaturalNews
readers avoid them, too. The fact that drugs will soon be microchipped
is yet another good reason to find more holistic ways to take care
of your health. Don’t bet your life
(and your privacy) on Big Pharma’s pills. Choose a healthy, holistic
lifestyle based on nutritious, organic foods,
regular exercise and the avoidance of all man-made (synthetic) chemicals,
and you most likely won’t ever need pharmaceuticals for your entire
life.

The age of microchipping people and microchipping medications is
now upon us. Given what the
TSA
is doing right now with
naked body scanners
, you can only imagine what Big Brother will
do with any medication data you might be broadcasting from inside
your body.

In fact, the very idea that there is a microchip inside your body
that’s broadcasting data might get you flagged as a possible terrorist
by the TSA, which
would then proceed to finger your genitals and palm your breasts
as part of their new
“enhanced pat-down” groping technique
.

The best way to avoid all this risk
is to simply eat your veggies and drink your superfoods.
Don’t become a trackable, traceable, microchipped subject of the
medical industry that wants to turn your body into a chemical profit
center.

Sources for this story include
Reuters
.

Reprinted
with permission from Natural
News
.

Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning
journalist. He has authored and published thousands of articles,
interviews, consumers’ guides, and books on topics like health and
the environment. He is the editor of Natural
News
.

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