FDA approves ‘digital pill’


Silver Spring, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a ‘digital pill’ that tracks when patients take their medication.

The pill is a form of a drug called Abilify, which treats depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Embedded inside is a tiny sensor no bigger than a grain of rice. When the pill is swallowed, the sensor sends a signal to a patch worn by the patient. It then sends the info to a smartphone.

The patient can opt to share the data with doctors or family members. The FDA said it can help patients remember to take vital medication.

Some have raised concerns this will compromise patient privacy.

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