Biomedical big brother

Last week, we mentioned how medication adherence is a problem that costs a ton of money. In that study, researchers couldn’t get patients to increase their adherence through time-tested techniques like bribery. Well Otsuka has partnered with Proteus Digital Health to come up with a new solution—pills with sensors that register when the medication has been taken. While targeting schizophrenia medication adherence might not be the best patient population to start with—delusions of being watched are literally right there on the symptom list—it’s still an interesting idea. The sensor is tiny and made from digestible materials, but requires the use of a skin patch that you need to replace every week. We’ll keep watching to see if this sticks (we’ll be here all week.)