Abilify And The Digital Age Of Drugs
Recently, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. has, in combination with Proteus Digital Health, filed a new drug application with the FDA which promises to take medication in a whole new direction. The drug itself is Abilify, an antipsychotic already on the market which treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. However, what’s changed is just what comes inside each and every pill.
Proteus Digital Health isn’t contributing a new form of medication to the market. Instead, what they do is manufacture special microscopic sensors which pass harmlessly through a patient’s body and can measure whether he or she is taking his or her medication as prescribed along with several other metrics. The sensors send this information to a special patch the patient wears which then passes the data on to the patient’s mobile devices and (with the patient’s permission) to a secure database which the patient’s doctor or caregiver can access.
A major problem facing the medical field today is the misapplication of drugs, especially of psychiatric drugs. Patients are often unwilling or unable to take their medication as directed, and the reasons are varied: they may not like the side effects, their schedules may make it hard to keep to the regimen, or the drug may not even work for them. It’s estimated that billions of dollars are wasted each year thanks to unused medications, unnecessary escalations, and drug regimens that simply don’t work out.
The Proteus sensor promises to change all that by getting hard information about a patient’s medication habits and just how effectively they’re working. Armed with this knowledge, doctors and psychiatrists can make better decisions regarding what advice and new medications to provide for their patients.
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