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  Life   Health  20 Nov 2017  FDA approves first drug in US with digital ingestion tracking

FDA approves first drug in US with digital ingestion tracking

Published : Nov 20, 2017, 3:12 pm IST
Updated : Nov 20, 2017, 3:13 pm IST

The product has been approved for the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia.

Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on November 13 that it had approved Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd’s Abilify MyCite, the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking system to be approved in the United States (US).

The product, which uses digital tracking to record if the medication was taken, has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, the FDA said.

The system sends a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch, which then transmits the information to a mobile application, so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smartphone.

Abilify MyCite is not approved to treat patients with dementia-related psychosis and contains a boxed warning alerting health care professionals that elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death.

The ingestible sensor used in Abilify MyCite was first permitted for marketing by the FDA in 2012.

Tags: food and drug administration (fda), drugs, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mental health, depression