Smart pillbox joins the fight against TB

2019-03-01 05:18:00

A novel electronic pillbox prompts TB patients to take their antibiotics regularly, and could identify those who don’t. Failure to complete a course of antibiotics leads to multi-drug resistant TB strains, so the World Health Organization advocates that health workers watch patients take each dose. With 9 million new cases each year, workers need to spot the patients prone to such lapses so that efforts are focused where most needed. Created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the “uBox” will be given to 100 TB patients in Bihar, India,