Food and Drug Administration OK's Veri chip
Ok get ready for this. The FDA OK's Veri chip.
 Food and Drug Administration OKs Implantable ID Chips
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of
Applied Digital Solutions' (ADS) controversial VeriChip in humans. The
VeriChip is a tiny identification device that emits a 125-kilohertz
radio frequency signal detectable by scanners up to four feet away.
According to ADS, the FDA sent the chip manufacturer a letter stating
that the agency would not regulate the VeriChip if it were used for
FDA investigator Wally Pellerite raised the issue that the FDA
thoroughly examines cosmetic implants, which serve no medical
purposes, in order to determine their effects on the human body. It
remains unclear what criteria the FDA is applying in requiring
rigorous studies of other implants, while allowing the use of
VeriChips without full review.
Even though the FDA has not approved the use of VeriChip for health
purposes, ADS markets VeriChip as an effective way for doctors to
identify unconscious patients, possibly saving their lives in
emergency situations by transmitting instant information about their
medical history. The FDA launched an investigation last May in
response to ADS' inconsistent claims. However, ADS assured FDA
officials that the chip would only be used as an identification
device. Even so, privacy experts warn that the chip could also be
used for purposes of tracking and monitoring people.
For information on a November 15 National Academies panel discussion
entitled "Human Microchip Implantation: It's More Than Skin Deep,"
featuring EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg, see: