FDA approves first drug that doctors can track remotely
Doctors in the US might soon start prescribing a pill that can tell them whether you've truly taken your medication. The Food and Drug administration has approved the country's first digitally tracked medicine to ensure patients comply with their prescriptions, since non-compliance is a costly problem that could negatively affect a patient's health. Still, medical professionals are raising concerns about using pills that can be tracked, especially because, for some reason, the drug the FDA approved is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The pill called Abilify MyCite has a sensor made of copper, magnesium and silicon that produces an electric signal when your stomach acids start the digestion process. Its accompanying patch that you need to stick to your ribcage sends the date and time when it detects the signal to a mobile app. You can then choose to share that data with your doctor or a family member. While opting for the digital pill is voluntary -- you'll need to say yes to wearing a patch, after all -- some medical pro...
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