A Smarter Way to Take Your Meds?
“Digital pills” on the horizon to track adherence

What if your medication could help you track when you’ve taken it? That’s the idea behind “digital pills,” or a prescription medication where each dose is equipped with a microscopic sensor that alerts your doctor if it’s skipped. When a patient takes one of these pills, the sensor is activated by the patient’s stomach acid and sends a notification to an app on the patient’s smartphone. Patients could then choose to make this information available to providers.

The first digital pill—for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—was approved by the FDA in November, but whether the concept meets patient privacy needs and improves medication adherence is still up for debate.

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