As reported in New Scientist, a pill that can tell your doctor if you’ve taken your medication or not has been approved for the first time.
The drug is an antipsychotic medicine for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Each pill contains an electronic sensor that is activated upon contact with stomach fluid, sending a message to a patch worn by the patient. This patch registers when the pill was taken on the person’s smartphone.
The digital pill, named Abilify MyCite, was approved this week by the US Food and Drug Administration. If a patient consents, the system can remotely inform others when they take the drug, enabling their family, careers or doctor to check if they are sticking to the regime.