Experts raise eyebrows at digital pill to monitor patients with schizophrenia

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The Food and Drug Administration announced its approval Monday for the first digital medicine—a melding of a long-standing drug for schizophrenia—Abilify (aripiprazole tablets)—with an edible sensor that reports when it’s ingested. Together, they make Abilify MyCite.

Though the approval is a long time coming, the choice of an antipsychotic medicine for this advance is raising the eyebrows of some experts.

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