SILVER SPRING, Md. — Proteus Digital Health, a California-based “smart-pill” startup, presented preliminary results from a recent study that showed promise for its adherence sensor in cardiometabolic drugs.
The technology, Proteus Discover, uses an ingestible sensor, a wearable patch and a software application to track medication adherence.
The study reportedly showed the technology offered better outcomes than traditional treatments, when combined with drugs used to treat hypertension and comorbidities, for patients with uncontrolled hypertension and Type II diabetes.
Last September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a partnership between Tokyo-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Abilify’s manufacturer, and Proteus Health. Proteus plans to add ingestible sensors to each pill, and once the medicine reaches the patient’s stomach, the sensor will transmit a signal to a wearable sensor patch that is linked to a software application.
The time-stamped information can reportedly be forwarded to patient smartphones and, with their permission, to medical providers.
“We believe that kind of closed-loop feedback system could be helpful,” Proteus chief medical officer and co-founder George Savage said.
The World Health Organization estimates 50 percent of people with chronic diseases do not take their medication as directed, and these patients often relapse.
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Aripiprazole and other second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, because they target both serotonin and dopamine levels to achieve a chemical balance.
But the drug’s power also causes serious side effects in a number of patients, most notably compulsive behavior, including:
- Compulsive Gambling: Excessive gambling, especially when it is done on credit, can cause serious problems in many areas of a person’s life.
- Compulsive Eating: Instead of feeding slot machines, some patients are quite literally unable to stop eating without outside assistance.
Researchers speculate that the brain’s artificial dopamine levels are responsible Abilify-induced compulsive behavior. Other serious side effects include sexual dysfunction, constant nausea and vomiting that can cause dehydration and weight loss, insomnia that leads to chronic fatigue, and painful headaches.
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