October 13, 2004 1:55 PM PDT

FDA approves injecting ID chips in patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the practice of injecting humans with tracking devices for medical purposes, according to a Florida company that makes the devices.

Applied Digital, maker of the implantable VeriChip for humans, announced Wednesday the FDA's approval of its technology for use in hospitals following a yearlong review by the agency.

The computer chips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, are designed to be injected into the fatty tissue of the arm. Using a special scanner, doctors and other hospital staff can fetch information from the chips, such as the patient's identity, their blood type and the details of their condition, in order to speed treatment.

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The company is targeting the devices at patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions requiring complex treatment.

Medical data is not stored on the devices, also known as radio frequency identification chips. Rather, it's stored in a database that links the chips' unique serial numbers with patient data. In its review, the FDA carefully studied the privacy issues around the technology, specifically the risk that medical records could be improperly disclosed, according to Applied Digital.

So far, no hospitals in the United States have placed orders for the chips, an Applied Digital representative said. So the company is planning to give away scanners, which cost $650 a piece, to 200 trauma centers around the country to jump-start the market.

The patient ID chips are taking off more quickly in other countries. In Mexico, more than 1,000 patients have been implanted with VeriChips. The Italian Ministry of Health is testing the technology in some hospitals there.

Applied Digital, based in Palm Beach, Fla., also markets the VeriChip as an authentication tool for use in building security and to complete financial transactions. The attorney general of Mexico and 200 people on his staff have already been implanted with the company's chips as part of an effort to control access to areas where confidential documents are kept.

The tags, which are inserted with a syringe, have been used to track pets and livestock for years, the company said.

Applied Digital has sold about 7,000 VeriChip devices, and approximately 1,000 have been inserted in humans, the company said in July. The company would not provide more current figures or disclose the price of the chips.


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The Mark Of The Beast
They've been getting people "comfortable" with this by first "tagging" your pets so they can be found and identified easily if lost. The next "introduction" is your children in case they get kidnapped. Now it for your "medical benefit".
It's NEVER gonna go under my skin.

You better think about this whether you beleive in God or the Bible or not.

"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666" (Rev. 13:16-18).
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It's not going under my skin either!
There's NO WAY I'd want that thing injected into MY arm or anywhere else on my person.
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I totaly Agree
The times are coming.
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Tracked just like livestock ...
So they finally found a way to insert these devices in humans : Pretend it's for patient safety...
If this was the real reason,they could simply put the ID in a wearable ID tag instead of injecting it.
What they fail to mention is the ID chip is not removed when the patient leaves the hospital and, over time, most peoples would become "chipped" just like livestock.
Under Patriot Act, hospitals will be required to give authorities access to the database, thus allowing the link between the individual's name and the ID to be maintained outside of the hospital premises.
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I agree
God help us is this becomes mandatory (and, once implemented on a "limited" basis, rest assured, it will be, in time)
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FDA also approves milk drinking. Guess what, MILK IS FOR COWS
FDA is a joke. You know how much poison there is in cow milk, and now they want to install chips in your body?
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Milk from healthy cows isn't poisonous
Cows that have been raised on pasture & grain give good healthy milk. It's only when they're pumped full of growth hormones that their milk gets tainted. Been drinking milk for years and ain't dead yet!
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But will it be REQUIRED?
Oh, this technology is potentially befenicial, but will it be required?

I think not--at least not at first.

Consider that, in order to post this reply, I had to render considerable information about myself.
I didn't HAVE to . . . but then, I don't HAVE to post this reply. (I could have lied, I suppose.)

You don't HAVE to give your social security number to various institutions ... but then, you don't HAVE to do business with them.

You won't HAVE to have one of these trackers under your skin . . . but then, you don't HAVE to go to the doctor or hospital, you don't HAVE to drive your car, you don't HAVE to buy or sell, you don't HAVE to own property or get married.

It's amazing to me that, just like the "gun control" issue, the proponants of this technology are targeting the average citizen, rather than criminals. Imagine what would happen at the ACLU or other organizations if, for example, paroled or supervised convicts were required to be "tagged" with these devices. But that has not (at least in what I've read here) even been suggested.

Like the social security number, this has a potential to be a terribly misused medium. Unlike the SSN, there will be NO privacy, especially in the faces of big government, big business, and big money. We're already seeing computer-related identity theft; imagine what someone could do were this not completely secure? And worse, if the controllers of this technology are less than ethical.

Employers could, for instance, discover the political affiliations, organizational affiliations, and even voting record of their employees; unscrupulous employers (and that's most of them) might even take disciplinary action (holding promotions & raises, demotions, undesirable transfers, etc etc) against employees whose ideas differ from the employers' agenda.

And even a minor health problem can, if discovered, cost a person his job if the employer decides that the treatments, absences, or expense to their own company-based insurance hampers their greed. Given the so-called "at-will" employment that most employers enjoy, the average worker will have NO protection from misuse of this technology.

Impossible? Not in the least. Consider that in order to do ANYTHING, a person must be "tagged"; and in order to be "tagged", the person must sign carefully worded and cryptic documents enabling the administrators of their information to use it "for such and such a purpose" ... it's unacceptable.

And errors? Errors (supposedly honest ones) are responsible for tremendous inconveniences, accusations, and expense ... and we all know who will bear those burdens.

I can't help but imagine what Hitler would have done with this technology.
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