Up to 200 Alzheimer's patients living near Palm Beach, Fla., will be implanted with the VeriChip for free in the next week.
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The arrangement was made through Alzheimer's Community Care, a nonprofit agency in West Palm Beach that help patients find in-home care and other services. The program will take two years to complete.
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Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip, said, “We are very pleased to officially launch this important project with Alzheimer’s Community Care. We believe individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers can greatly benefit from the VeriMed system, which provides a safety net when they present in an emergency room unable to communicate. Alzheimer’s disease, which is one of several medical conditions we have identified as being ideally suited for the benefits of the VeriMed system, is dramatically on the rise in the United States with as many as 16 million new cases predicted by 2050.1”
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