Tracker-Implanted Psychotropic Medication FDA approved, coming to a pharmacy NEAR YOU!

  1. US approves first pill with digital tracking device

    Washington (AFP) - US regulators have approved the first pill that contains a digital tracking sensor to alert doctors and caregivers as to whether a patient is taking the medication as scheduled.
    The pill, called Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor), is designed for patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
    A patient ingests the pill, and a sensor inside the pill activates when it reaches the stomach fluids, sending a message to a wearable patch.
    This patch then transmits the information to a mobile app, so that a doctor and up to four caregivers, friends or family members can see the information through a web-based portal.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Nov 15, '17
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  3. by   Swellz
    This is really interesting. I can't say anything else because I have too many thoughts about it and they are jumbled.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    This is far too invasive of privacy, and creepy to boot. I know that one of the problems with psychiatric medications is that a lot of patients don't take them: there are a lot of side effects and some can be intolerable. But tracking med administration this way is too Big Brother-ish; who watches this stuff, anyhow? And who watches the watchers?

    The only way I think this technology would be helpful would be in the case of those who are forced to take medication by a court of law that has deemed them incompetent to act in their own best interests. There may also be a small minority who would take a drug with a tracking mechanism to help keep themselves on their medication regimen, but I can't imagine it being accepted by the larger community of psychiatric patients. I certainly wouldn't allow it!