European Data Protection Digest

Pharmacy To Offer ‘Smart Pills’

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—UK

January 20, 2012

Financial Times reports on the potential privacy implications surrounding a pharmacy chain's plans to offer customers "intelligent medicines" to help monitor their health and comply with doctors' orders. Lloydspharmacy has signed a deal with a U.S. company to sell pills embedded with microchips that will communicate with a patch worn on patients' shoulders and transmit information about heart rate and posture to their mobile devices or computers. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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