Abilify MyCite, a form of aripiprazole and a first-of-its-kind product, has an embedded ingestible sensor that records when the medication is taken. Made by Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., the medication system is intended to treat schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder and depression in adults. Abilify without sensor technology was first approved to treat schizophrenia in 2002.
Schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder, includes symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Bipolar patients may experience alternating episodes of mania and depression, a persistent sadness.
Though the idea behind Abilify MyCite is to improve a patient’s compliance with their medication regimen, the FDA noted that this has not been proved.
The Abilify MyCite system sends a message from the pill’s sensor, which the company refers to as an “ingestible event marker,” to a patch worn on the patient’s skin.
Meanwhile, the patch detects and records the date and time when the tablet was detected in the stomach in addition to physiological data, such as the patient’s activity level. The patch communicates all of this to the MyCite App on a compatible mobile device, such as a smartphone. Self-reported mood information can also be shared via the app, if the patient chooses.
The wearable patch was developed by California-based Proteus Digital Health….