E-pill will know if you took it

New York Post - - NEWS -

The first drug with a sen­sor that can track whether pa­tients have taken their medicine has been ap­proved by US reg­u­la­tors.

The Abil­ify pill was first ap­proved by the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2002 for schizophre­nia, and the sen­sor tech­nol­ogy was ap­proved for mar­ket­ing in 2012. The FDA said in a state­ment Mon­day that the sys­tem “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.

Abil­ify MyCite was de­vel­oped by Ot­suka Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co. and the sen­sor was cre­ated by Pro­teus Dig­i­tal Health. It lets pa­tients track their dosage on their smart­phone and their doc­tors or care­givers ac­cess the in­for­ma­tion on­line.

The FDA said dig­i­tal Abil­ify is ap­proved for the treat­ment of schizophre­nia, bipo­lar dis­or­der and as an add-on treat­ment for de­pres­sion in adults.

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