This pill can connect to your smartphone.

By Renee Cherry
Updated: November 14, 2017
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There's an app for everything-your hairbrush, your house, your workout gear, and now your medication. The FDA just approved the first pill in the U.S. equipped with a sensor that can track whether or not you've ingested your medication-particularly a treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar I, and depression. (In other medical news, mammograms are about to become less painful.)

It's called the Abilify MyCite pill. You'd wear a patch near your ribcage, and when you take the pill, the MyCite sensor sends a message to the patch, which then sends the info to your smartphone. You can use the MyCite app to track your info and can choose to give your doctor access.

The system could be useful to patients who often forget if they've taken their pill or for doctors who'd like to track whether their patient is truly taking their Rx.

The hope is that this development will give patients (and their doctors) a more precise idea of how often they're taking their medications, though the product's ability to improve the odds of people sticking to their treatments hasn't been proven. Time will tell whether digital pills become a regularly prescribed tool for patients who tend to veer from their prescription.

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