The FDA just approved the 1st pill that tells your doctor when you swallow it

The FDA just approved the 1st pill that tells your doctor when you swallow it

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first pill embedded with a sensor that can alert a patient’s physician or caregiver when it’s been ingested, the agency announced on Monday.

The Japanese drug maker Otsuka Pharmaceutical won the approval for an upgraded version of Abilify, the antipsychotic drug first approved 15 years ago to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Otsuka collaborated with Proteus Digital Health, the Silicon Valley company that designed the futuristic sensor technology.

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The new product, which will be sold as Abilify MyCite, can be swallowed just like any other pill. When that happens, the ingestible sensor inside it sends a message to a patch worn by the patient, which then transmits the information to a mobile app that the patient can monitor. If a patient opts to allow it, the patient’s caregivers and doctor can access the data online, too. Read more…

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