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New ‘digital’ pill keeps patients on track

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 01:02

The first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track whether patients are taking their medication properly has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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There's one less excuse for simply forgetting to take your medication… For the first time, a DIGITAL PILL has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It comes with an embedded sensor, about the size of a grain of salt, that lets doctors know if a patient is taking their medication properly. This digital pill is a version of the drug "Abilify" made by Otsuka Pharaceutical which treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression… with the added tracking device developed by Proteus Digital Health. It works like this: The pill's tiny sensor is activated when it gets wet from stomach juices… it generates a tiny electric charge… and sends a message to a wearable patch. Information is transmitted to a smartphone app that allows patients to track the ingestion of the medication. Patients can also permit their doctors, and up to four other people, to receive data on their pill-taking through a web-based portal. Keeping them honest, and on schedule, with their much-needed medicine.

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New ‘digital’ pill keeps patients on track

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 01:02