posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 10:02 PM
Labeling it a means to control drug abuse and counterfeiting, the Food and Drug Administration is said to be ready to implement a plan to place tiny
tracking chips on bottles of certain prescription medications. High on their list are the anti-impotence pill Viagra and the narcotic painkiller
OxyContin. Viagra is said to be "one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world" and OxyContin, a powerful opiate painkiller, is one of the more
popular and addictive medicines being abused in America.
The Food and Drug Administration and several major drug makers are expected to announce an agreement today to put tiny radio antennas on the
labels of millions of medicine bottles to combat counterfeiting and fraud.
Among the medicines that will soon be tagged are Viagra, one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world, and OxyContin, a pain-control narcotic that
has become one of the most abused medicines in the United States. The tagged bottles - for now, only the large ones from which druggists get the pills
to fill prescriptions - will start going to distributors this week, officials said.
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While curbing the dangers of fake medicines and drug abuse can certainly be viewed as a good idea, larger problems exist in chipping prescription
medication. Consumers may face an invasion of privacy in the workplace, schools, and via the government as a whole. A scanner can pick up the radio
transmissions from RFID chips and return what sort of prescription bottles a person is carrying. RFID chips also make it easier to compile a database
of sorts showing what medication any given person has been prescribed, which is troubling if compiled on a national level.
I agree with the idea in principle, and if its intentions are true, but there exists far too great a possibility for this to be abused and spiral out
[edit on 14-11-2004 by Banshee]