Confusion Over Chipping - Is It Regulated?
from the oops dept
Back in February there was the press flurry around the publicity stunt family in Florida that wanted to get chips implanted in their arms for various reasons (not very sensible reasons, but reasons, nonetheless). In April, I was pretty surprised to find out that the FDA said they wouldn't regulate the devices which allowed the family to actually go and get chipped. However, it turns out that the "FDA approval" was a farce. The FDA says they gave no such statement. What, in fact, happened was that the company, Applied Digital Solutions, asked the FDA not to regulate the VeriChip because (they said) it wasn't a medical device. The FDA wrote back and asked for more information about the chip. Somehow, ADS interpreted the request for more information into an official statement from the FDA that the device was not to be regulated, and put out a press release, which everyone ate right up. There were, clearly, some confusing statements out of the FDA, but never an approval for the device. After the family got chipped the FDA announced they were "investigating" the company - so they're not allowed to chip anyone else for a while. I wonder why anyone would trust a company that lies about FDA approval to then stick a chunk of silicon into their bodies?