Remote-Control Birth Control Is Coming

    An illustration picture shows a woman holding a birth control pill at her home in Nice January 3, 2013. French health regulators are studying limiting the use of contraceptive pills that carry health risks and will stop reimbursing prescription costs of some types from March, after a woman sued drugmaker Bayer over alleged side-effects. An inquiry launched this week by the ANSM health regulator will review prescription practices by doctors, whom it says may be over-prescribing higher-risk third and fourth-generation pills. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: HEALTH) - RTR3C2QC

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    The Gates Foundation is funding the development of a smart capsule that could deliver drugs to a patient, but be altered or stopped by doctors through wireless signals. The big candidate for this type of medication delivery would be birth control. With this remote-control contraception, a woman might need to take one pill just every 16 years, but doctors could stop the course of hormones if she chooses to become pregnant. Testing on the contraception could begin as early as 2015 and hit the market by 2018. Still, the FDA has warned remote-control medicine could be vulnerable to hacking and security issues. Basically, it’s the broken condom of the future.

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