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Doors Open for the Use of Digital Medicine

Victoria Herrera, Senior

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the digital pill, Abilify MyCite this past month.
On November 13, 2017 the advanced new-aged pill was accepted in order to track when a patient has taken their medication.
With health disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypertension, depression, and tuberculosis patients tend to either neglect or abuse their prescribed medications.
The chief medical officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. William Shrank stated, “When patients don’t adhere to lifestyle or medications that are prescribed for them, there are really substantive consequences that are bad for the patient and very costly.”
Originally, Abilify MyCite was intended for patients with schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and manic episodes; however, the pill may not be an efficient intake method for every patient.
Of course, Abilify MyCite will not work for every patient with these disorders, but if they are compatible, the pill would have the potential to improve their condition.
As of now, the only problem the digital pill has is that people find it untrustworthy. Paranoia for Big Brother arises in some patients while others use the pill as proof of taking their medication.
Skepticism for schizophrenic patients, who frequently hallucinate, consuming a traceable drug arises in some academics; however, others argue that the pill’s potential is very promising, as it could improve patient compliance and reduce the rate of relapse.

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