Swiss-based drug manufacturing firm Novartis AG is developing a drug tablet with an embedded microchip to promote greater compliance with drug regimens, Reuters News Service reports.

The chip is activated by stomach acid and sends a message to a small patch worn on the skin, which then transmits data via a smart phone or other Internet connection to a physician. In essence, the chip confirms to the physician that the patient took the medication at the right time and in the right dose.

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