FDA approves the first digital pill

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill, called Abilify MyCite, which includes a small, edible sensor to help keep track of when the patient takes their dose, according to Technology Review.

Why it matters: Failure to remember to take medication or follow prescription instructions costs the U.S. an estimated $100 billion a year. This smart pill could be part of the solution to that problem, but those who oppose the smart pill movement worry about privacy and medication data being manipulated.