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WHO To Supply Bihar TB Patients With ‘uBox’

by Medindia Content Team on  February 6, 2008 at 2:53 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
WHO To Supply Bihar TB Patients With ‘uBox’
WHO has decided to keep a vigil on TB patients to ensure that they take their antibiotics regularly. As a part of this move, a small pillbox called "uBox" will be administered to 100 TB patients in Bihar this year.
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This novel pillbox, created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will also identify those patients who have missed their dose, reports New Scientist.

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The WHO advocates such monitoring as when the course of antibiotics is not completed, it leads to multi-drug resistant TB strains.

With the number of cases each year reaching 9 million, the WHO health workers need to spot the patients prone to such lapses so that efforts are focused where most needed.

When the uBox lid is opened, a memory chip makes a record of the same while a timed buzzer and flashing LEDs remind patients to take their pills.

When the antibiotics course ends, the researchers download the data from the boxes to identify backsliders.

Source: ANI
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