Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FDA Approves "Trackable" Schizophrenia Pill

(BBC) US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets--for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes--have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this information to their smartphone.

Comments

FTA: "Experts hope it could improve medication compliance, although the company that makes the tablets says this has not been proved for their product."

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-14 07:40 AM

aripiprazole/Abilify®

#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-14 07:45 AM

Well, I suppose that is actually an improvement. I mean, one time a homeless guy walked up to me and asked how far it was to the Grand Canyon, several states away. Another time, I was walking under a railroad bridge and this Hispanic guy walking over it was like "Hi! I'm Jesus!". That man later turned out to be "the Railroad Killer". He had at least nine victims that we know of.

Schizophrenics need all the help they can get taking their meds.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-14 08:03 AM

Typically, patients suffering from schizophrenia will take their medications while they are in the mental ward but as soon as they are released from the hospital they quickly stop taking them and return to their previous delusional state. It this pill could prevent that it would be a miracle for those patients and for the families who have to try and help them.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-14 09:59 AM

Typical delusions - CIA has implanted a device in my tooth
Secret Service is following me
Now, literally, we will expect them to ingest a tracking device every day?
Abilify's patent must be about to run out and they want to extend. Cash price is often over 1000 dollars a month.

#5 | Posted by mattm at 2017-11-14 07:21 PM

Compliance can be improved with a monthly injection of Maintena, the same molecule found in Abilify.

#6 | Posted by mattm at 2017-11-14 07:23 PM

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