Technology: Adultproof Cap A way to keep patients honest

A way to keep patients honest

"Take your medicine," the doctor says. But as many as half of all patients take that advice too lightly. They often skip doses, ingest them at the wrong intervals or even neglect their pills for days or weeks at a time, drastically reducing the chances that the medication will be effective.

Later this year Aprex, a company based in Fremont, Calif., will begin marketing a high-tech medicine bottle designed to help doctors make sure that patients obey orders. Called MEMS (for medication event monitoring system), the container comes with a tiny computer chip embedded in its cap. When the patient takes...

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