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FDA approves first digital pill to track when patients take medication

FDA approves first digital pill to track when patients take medication
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Regulators in the United Stateshave approved the first drug with a sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medication.

The Abilify pill was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat schizophrenia, and the sensor technology was approved for marketing in 2012. The FDA said in a statement Monday that the digitally enhanced medication "works by sending a message from the pill's sensor to a wearable patch."

"Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for illness may be useful for some patients," Dr. Mitchell Mathis of the FDA said in statement. "The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how this technology might benefit patients and prescribers."

Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. and the sensor was created by Proteus Digital Health.

Greenlighting the new digital version, however, came with some caveats. While the system can track doses, it has not been shown to improve patient compliance, the FDA said.

Patient-compliance limitation

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