To heal and to protect: medical technology concept made of computer board and a pill

Gone are those days when we used to take a medicine and wait for the next couple of days or a week to get a satisfactory result. With the advent of new fascinating and mind-bending technologies, micro-biology and nanotechnology, humans and machines can interact better than ever before!

The term is called Digital Pills. A simple look-a-like of the daily pills you take but with a technical twist. It’ll have been pre-fitted with a transmitter or a simple sender of information that will help the receiver at the patient or doctor’s end to talk and act upon it. Isn’t it the finest yet in medicinical technology?

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication

Abilify was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat schizophrenia. The ingestible sensor used in Abilify MyCite was first permitted for marketing by the FDA in 2012.

The FDA granted the approval of Abilify MyCite to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The sensor technology and patch are made by Proteus Digital Health.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

A digital bill has received FDA approval for the first time. The pill tracks when patients take their medicine and contains the Abilify drug, which treats conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression. Some worry that the pill’s features put patient privacy at risk. – CBC News

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA is anticipating a potential raft of approval requests for other digital pills. A spokesperson told the publication the FDA is planning to hire more staff with “deep understanding” of software development in relation to medical devices, and engage with entrepreneurs on new guidelines.

Otsuka hasn’t indicated how much the digitized Abilify pills will cost yet. The WSJ reports the company plans to work with some insurers in covering the digitized pills with production planned to be ramped up only if it can find willing insurers.

Soon there will be a day where we will have robotic arms, heart and even a brain that will talk to each other and help us live more! Hence, are we near immortality and will science beat death? Let us Know.

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