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Health Agencies Update
December 22/29, 2004

Implantable Chip Approved

JAMA. 2004;292(24):2963. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2963-b

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an implantable identification microchip as a means of storing a patient’s medical information. About the size of a grain of rice, the radio frequency microchip, called VeriChip, can be inserted under the skin (manufacturers recommend the triceps area), and physicians can read its unique 16-digit verification number by passing a scanner over the insertion site. The number is then linked to a database via encrypted Internet access, and previously stored information is conveyed.

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