A US digital medicine company called Proteus makes ‘smart pills’ embedded with sensors that tell your doctor when you’ve taken your medication. The pills also track activity levels.
Backed by big name investors like Novartis, Proteus debuted the first medication made with the technology – a form of the depression and schizophrenia drug Abilify – in 2017.
Now, Proteus is expanding into cancer.
Still, the research on whether the pills actually help patients take their medications when they should remains somewhat unclear.
Would a notification from your doctor as soon as you forget to take your medication help keep you on track?
A digital medicine company called Proteus is betting the answer is yes.
The Silicon Valley-based company makes what have been called “smart pills”: essentially, versions of regular medications embedded with a tiny sensor that can be tracked by a patch worn on a patient’s stomach.
Since debuting the first medication made with t