A newly posted video of Pfizer's CEO talking about those ingestible chips had gained nearly 4 million views, and it appeared to indicate he had just made the statement. But a Reuters Fact Check now reveals errors have occurred in general reporting about these medical pills with sensors, and we regret to note that a report we posted on May 25 included those widely circulated errors of attribution, in addition to the verifiable facts.
The valid, underlying concerns remain. But our initial report indicated Pfizer had developed the tracking pill when that pill was actually developed by another company. The FDA-approved pill, which is intended to treat mental illness, is called Abilify MyCite. The edited viral video of Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla talking about the technology involved with the tracking pill came during the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018, not 2022.
In the video, Bourla does indeed praise the development of the biological chip embedded inside the pill that, when swallowed, dissolves in your stomach, sending a signal that the medication was taken.