One of the most common confessions among long-term treatment patients is that they do not follow the schedule of medications prescribed by doctors. A common mistake that could lead to complications in the diseases that we suffer and that only favors the viruses and bacteria that cause them.
Elmer Huerta, the medical advisor of RPP News, explains that adherence to medicines can use electronic technology to control the monitoring of treatments and enhance their effectiveness 100% to combat diseases such as tuberculosis.
“Imagine that we have a patient who goes to the doctor for a diagnosis of tuberculosis. The doctor tells you that you should take them for six months. The person goes well at the beginning, ‘new broom sweeps well’; as after three weeks he forgets, then he forgets more and says: ‘it does not matter,’ he feels better, and when he goes to the doctor he says he has taken the medication. The problem is that it is only creating a virus that is highly resistant to antibiotics, “he says.
The specialist in Public Health says that this adherence is essential to avoid relapse. “Adherence means that the patient complies with the doctor’s instructions when taking their medication. It is estimated that more or less 50% of people who have a chronic condition: diabetes, pressure, etc., do not comply with taking medicines, “he explains.
That’s how it works. “This week the first smart pill was approved. What does it consist of? The medication can be, in this case, it is one for schizophrenia, which is a chronic mental health disorder, and which requires a particular medication to control it. In this case, this medicine has been given a sensor, which is the size of a grain of sand – it is a digestible electronic sensor. Mix in a capsule the medication with this electronic sensor, and you take it, “says Huerta.
“When this pill reaches your stomach, the acids dissolve the medication, the sensor activates and sends a signal to a patch that people use on their backs. It is a patch that receives the signal from this sensor, transmits the information to your smartphone or sends it to a page on the Internet, where you have permitted your doctor or your nurse to find out if you have taken the medication.