Thursday, 14 December, 2017

This tablet can make sure you are taking your pills correctly

Leanne Wells FDA Approves Abilify MyCite, a New Version of Abilify That Tracks Adherence
Marlene Weaver | 16 November, 2017, 09:28

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system that can tell doctors whether the medication was taken. Made by Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., the medication system is meant to treat schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder and depression in adults.

While speaking of the product's authenticity and privacy, the FDA in its statement said that the wearable patch that comes with the medication delivers the information to the mobile, following which the patient can track the ingestion of the medication.

The pill, which is now being made in the form of the drug Abilify, is targeted to sufferers of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and tourette syndrome-and if successful, will transform the way in which mental illnesses and other medically required disabilities are treated.

Ms Wells said advances that safely and economically supported patients in taking their medicine as prescribed had significant benefits to the patient and the health system in reducing the pain and costs of avoidable illness.

Abilify MyCite should not be used to track "real-time" medication ingestion because detection may be delayed or may not occur, the company warns.

In granting approval this time around, FDA makes note that Abilify MyCite's ability to improve patients' compliance with their treatment regimen hasn't yet been proven.

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.

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Taking a pill that transmits data from their body to others might not be desirable to these patients.

The patient's medication routine is then collected and shared via Bluetooth on a smartphone app, which can be viewed by the patient's doctor and four other people.

Still, there are upsides to a pill with a built-in sensor, says Dr. Walid Gellad, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh.

ABILIFY MYCITE, however, has not been approved for the treatment of patients suffering from dementia-related psychosis or in case of pediatric patients.

But he points out that other possible solutions to the nonadherence problem already exist.

The list price for a month's supply of nondigital Abilify pills "is at least $891", according to The Wall Street Journal, which adds that "the smallest vial of the long-acting injectable - introduced in 2013 - has a list price of $1,478". Abilify without sensor technology was first approved to treat schizophrenia in 2002. "There are real concerns about data security".

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