Thursday, 23 November, 2017

FDA Approves First Digital Pill for Psychiatric Conditions

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Angelo Anderson | 15 November, 2017, 00:26

The first drug created to alert a doctor when a patient takes the medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This is particularly concerning because Abilify is typically used to treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.

According to Higuchi, the Abilify MyCite will be rolled out in phases to allow them to gather and respond to feedback provided by patients and health care providers.

A message from the pill's sensor is sent to a wearable patch, which transmits the information to a mobile app where patients can track the ingestion of medication on their smartphones. The patch and sensor is manufactured by the company Proteus Digital Health and aripiprazole marketed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Patients can also allow their caregivers and physicians to access the information. The sensor that is used along with the medication was first cleared for use by the FDA in 2012; however, the approval of the pill and the sensor together represents a milestone for the FDA. Some use email and text reminders, while others have turned to devices such as smart pill bottles that keep track of how much medication a patient has gone through.

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"The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how this technology might benefit patients and prescribers".

There were some issues, however, with green-lighting the new digital version as while the system can track doses, it hasn't been shown to improve patient compliance, said the FDA.

As with similar antipsychotic drugs, Abilify MyCite's label will include a boxed warning that elderly people with dementia-related psychosis are at increased risk of death if they take this medication, the FDA said.

In the clinical trials for Abilify, the most common side effects reported by adults taking Abilify were nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, uncontrollable limb and body movements (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness. Additionally, the medication has been associated with increased suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults taking antidepressants. Skin irritation at the site of the MyCite patch placement may occur in some patients.

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