In the United States approved a "smart" tablet with sensor

The US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a pill called "Abilify MyCite", which can be used for patients with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and mania. It can also be used in the acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder so it has the potential to do a whole lot of good.

This patch sends the ingestion data to a smartphone app so patients are able closely to track the ingestion of medication. Additionally, patients can permit their caregivers and physician access to the information through a web-based portal.

Ms Wells said advances that safely and economically supported patients in taking their medicine as prescribed had significant benefits to the patient and the health system in reducing the pain and costs of avoidable illness.

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Smart pills are a thing and they've come one step closer to entering the mainstream after the FDA approved a pill packed with a digital sensor for the first time in the US. Abilify MyCite should not be used to track drug ingestion in real time or during an emergency because detection may be delayed or may not occur, FDA stated. Called the Abilify MyCite, the pill comes with sensors that basically indicate if patients just took their medication, Futurism reports.

The digital ingestion tracking system works by embedding each Abilify tablet with a sensor "the size of a grain of sand", according to the company behind it, Proteus Digital Health. Doctors and health care providers have to get your permission first to track the data.much like those opt-in vehicle insurance tracking devices customers can get discounts for if they install the device in their cars.

Abilify Mycite's prescribing information notes the ability of the product to improve patient compliance with their treatment regimen has not been shown.

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"This approval marks a potentially transformative juncture in our more than 25 years of experience in the field of mental health therapies", Otsuka president and representative director Tatsuo Higuchi said.

Teens and young adults who are taking antidepressants are at increased risk of suicidal behavior and thoughts when taking the medication, cautions a boxed warning; they should be monitored closely.

The Japanese drugmaker has not said how it will price the digital pill. "With this FDA approval, Otsuka can help enable individuals with serious mental illness to engage with their care team about their treatment plan in a new way".

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"Technology will revolutionize behavioral healthcare and this advancement is simply the beginning of the digital transformation", said Birnbaum, who was not involved in the development or approval of the new medication system.


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