US regulators approve first digital pill to track patients

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug with a sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medicine.

The Abilify pill was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat schizophrenia, and the sensor technology was approved for marketing in 2012. The FDA said in a statement Monday that the digitally-enhanced medication "works by sending a message from the pill's sensor to a wearable patch."

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