Smart pill lets doc­tor know it’s been taken

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Sarah Knap­ton

THE first smart pill, which tells doc­tors if pa­tients have taken their med­i­ca­tion, has been ap­proved by reg­u­la­tors in the United States, paving the way for a new gen­er­a­tion of elec­tro­ceu­ti­cals.

The pills have an ingestible sen­sor, about the size of a grain of sand, em­bed­ded inside them that sends a mes­sage once it comes into con­tact with stom­ach acid and trans­mits to a wear­able smart patch that is worn on the rib cage.

The new tech­nol­ogy has been added to the drug Ablify, which has been used to treat peo­ple suf­fer­ing from schizophre­nia and bipo­lar dis­or­der since 2002.

Peo­ple with men­tal dis­or­ders of­ten strug­gle to re­mem­ber to take medicine, so the pill could give an early warn­ing to doc­tors that a pa­tient may be strug­gling.

Pa­tients who agree to take the dig­i­tal med­i­ca­tion, sign con­sent forms al­low­ing their doc­tors and up to four other peo­ple, in­clud­ing fam­ily, to re­ceive elec­tronic up­dates show­ing the date and time pills are in­gested.

Un­used med­i­ca­tion costs the NHS £300mil­lion a year. There has been no re­quest for use out­side the US yet.

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