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While acknowledging the medical and financial benefits of the so-called digital pill, health care and data privacy lawyers expressed concerns about data security and patient consent. (Image: Shutterstock)

A pill embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors—and potentially others—if and when a patient takes his or her medication, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is touted as a solution to prescription medication nonadherence, which costs the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year, according to a review in Annals of Internal Medicine. And those are just the financial costs. It also causes about 125,000 deaths annually, the article says.

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