Consumable Smart electronic pills to become a reality soon

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015,17:51 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | Imagine a ‘smart pill’ that can sense problems in your intestines and actively release the appropriate drugs. Edible electronic medical devices are not a new idea but yes it is true, a ‘smart electronic pill’ that can sense problems in our intestines and release appropriate drugs may soon become a reality, scientists say.
Researchers say that they have the biological understanding to create such a device but are still searching for electronic materials (like batteries and circuits) that pose no risk if they get stuck in our bodies.
Researchers said it is possible to create safe, consumable electronics, such as those powered by the charged ions within our digestive tracts. Edible electronic medical devices are not a new idea. Since the 1970s, researchers have been asking people to swallow prototypes that measure temperature and other biomarkers.
The major problem is, these days treatment needs lot of money so, mostly the people are not able to afford the money required for treating a disease. Bettinger said that if an electronic pill can make better use of expensive medications, then the amount needed for each patient can be reduced
These devices can be tested in patients within the next 5-10 years.