US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients
November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that alerts doctors when the medication has been taken, offering a new way of monitoring patients but also raising privacy concerns.
The digital pill approved Monday combines two existing products: the former blockbuster psychiatric medication Abilify — long used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — with a sensor tracking system first approved in 2012.
The technology is intended to help prevent dangerous emergencies that can occur when patients skip their medication, such as manic episodes experience...