A psychiatrist ’s perspective on the digital pill
One of my readers, Natalie, wondered about my thoughts about the digital pill. My initial reactions were similar to several of those who were interviewed for the article. The digital pill, which provides electronic information to confirm whether someone has ingested the medication, has great potential to become a tool of coercion. Aripiprazole (Abilify) is classified as an antipsychotic medication, which is often prescribed to people who have beliefs that machines and other surveillance tools are in their bodies. Why would the nascent technology of a digital pill make its debut for this population? I have several other ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 2, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/maria-yang" rel="tag" > Maria Yang, MD < /a > Tags: Tech Medications Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Should You Let Your Doctor Monitor Your Medication Intake?
A new pill has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that, when swallowed, notifies a monitoring device you wear that you actually took the medication. Sounds invasive and a gross violation of your privacy? Well, it would be. Except for the small problem that every year, millions of people say or agree to take a medication, and then stop taking it when they start to feel better. It’s a long-standing problem for people diagnosed with certain types of mental illness, and leads to serious and significant problems — for the patient, their family, and society as a whole. The new medication...
Source: World of Psychology - November 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Antipsychotic Bipolar Disorders General Medications Schizophrenia Treatment abilify mycite medication sensor medication tracking sensor that you swallow swallable sensor tracking medications Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: November 18, 2017
This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on the Army’s “mental health waiver” plan, FDA-approved medication with a digital ingestion sensor (yum), why you have recurring dreams and how you can control them, and more. Have fun! John McCain Is Threatening Trump’s Defense Nominees Over the Army’s Plan to Offer Mental-Health Waivers: While the Army says its plan to offer waivers for some mental health conditions is just a minor administrative change, Senator John McCain is threatening to slow down the confirmation process if the Pentagon doesn’t provide more thoroug...
Source: World of Psychology - November 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Brain and Behavior Children and Teens Dreams Medications Military Personality Psychology Around the Net Research Self-Help Technology Abilify abuse Adult Army Fda image-rehearsal therapy John McCain mental health waivers Source Type: blogs

ABILIFY MYCITE, The First FDA Approved Digital Medicine That Tracks Its Own Ingestion
Proteus Digital Health, a Redwood City firm, and Otsuka Pharmaceutical of Tokyo, Japan won FDA approval for the world’s first digital pill. The ABILIFY MYCITE (aripiprazole) is a tablet with a tiny sensor embedded in its interior. After the tablet is swallowed and dissolved, the sensor meets the stomach juices, which activate it and allow it to communicate with a patch worn by the patient. The patch transmits its readings to a smartphone or tablet, communicating every time that the pill is swallowed with the patients doctor or caretakers. The tiny ingested sensor is then passed by the GI system and leaves the body. T...
Source: Medgadget - November 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: GI Medicine Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

When Paranoia Meets Reality: Your Medicine Snitching On You
Medication non-compliance is a problem: patients don't take their pills.  We hear about it all the time in psychiatry: people don't take their medications and they relapse.  Sometimes they decide they don't need them when they do, sometimes they don't like the side effects or risks of the medications, but mostly, they just forget.  You may hear about this problem as if it belongs to psychiatry, but it doesn't. Patients don't take their cardiac medications, either; in fact humans are only randomly compliant with all types of meds.Swoop in technology, here to solve the problem.  Now sensors placed in...
Source: Shrink Rap - November 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

When Paranoia Meets Reality: Your Medicine Snitching On You
Medication non-compliance is a problem: patients don't take their pills.  We hear about it all the time in psychiatry: people don't take their medications and they relapse.  Sometimes they decide they don't need them when they do, sometimes they don't like the side effects or risks of the medications, but mostly, they just forget.  You may hear about this problem as if it belongs to psychiatry, but it doesn't. Patients don't take their cardiac medications, either; in fact humans are only randomly compliant with all types of meds.Swoop in technology, here to solve the problem.  Now sensors placed in...
Source: Shrink Rap - November 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Unknown Source Type: blogs

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks ingestion
For the past several years, we had heard about the sensor technology and patch developed by Proteus Digital Health. The FDA just approved the first pill that integrates this technology into Abilify, a drug used to treat schizophrenia.Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.FDA announcement. (Source: Medicine and Te...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2016
Most people understand that the role of psychiatric medications is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with different types of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and more. Psychiatric medications are an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for effectively treating people who have a mental health concern or mental illness. It’s good to know what drugs are being most-often prescribed for mental disorders in the U.S. These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS, a global infor...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Medications Psychiatry Treatment medications for mental illness Psychiatric Drugs Psychiatric Medications psychiatric meds top psychiatric medications Source Type: blogs

Hating on Antipsychotics: Are We Going Too Far?
(Source: The Carlat Psychiatry Blog)
Source: The Carlat Psychiatry Blog - September 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: antipsychotics aripiprazole bupropion FDA Research Source Type: blogs

Sharing Knowledge of Your Mental Health Issues
We were on Route 9 in between Kremmling and Silverthorne, Colorado. Our ultimate destination was Colorado Springs. To say that we were out in the boonies was an understatement. Mountains rose up to the right and left of us. I was enjoying the solitude when suddenly my cell phone rang. Who could be calling me? It was a New York City area code and a phone number that I didn’t immediately recognize. I was surprised I could even get cell phone service at this altitude. “Hello,” I said. “Laura, it’s Maria. I’m calling your from Switzerland.” (Maria’s husband was from Switzerland, and they often vacationed there....
Source: World of Psychology - August 28, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura Yeager Tags: Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Medications Peer Support Personal Stigma Bipolar Disorder Helping Others new medication Sharing Wisdom Source Type: blogs

10 Things Every Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs to Know and Discuss with Their Doctor
TheAmerican Geriatrics Society has published a list of ten things doctors and their patients should consider, know and understand.I think it is important forevery caregiver of a person living with Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, todiscuss these 10 issues with the doctor. Doing this in advance might be one of the most important caregiverdecisions you can make.It might also be a good idea toshare this article in support groups, and bookmark (save) it so you can find it when you need it.What is Alzheimer's Disease?By Carole Larkinhttp://www.alzheimersreadingroom.comI think this is an important list of things that nee...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 13, 2017 Category: Neurology Authors: rtdemarco at gmail.com Tags: alzheimer care care of dementia patients dementia help for caregivers elderly dementia care geriatrics health help alzheimer's help with dementia help with dementia care life news memory care facility Source Type: blogs

Bristol-Myers Squibb Settles Off-Label Promotion Case for $19.5 Million
Late last year, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) settled with the government to resolve allegations that spanned several states that it improperly promoted a schizophrenia treatment for uses not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agreement, with a whopping forty-two states (including California, New York, and Texas) and the District of Columbia, focuses on charges that BMS promoted Abilify (an anti-psychotic drug) for use in children and elderly patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The FDA approved Abilify in 2002 for treating schizophrenic adults. Since then, it has since approve...
Source: Policy and Medicine - March 30, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

As US Attorney, Labor Secretary Nominee Enabled Drug and Biotechnology Executives' Impunity
The new Trump administration nominee for US Secretary of Labor is a former US Attorney for the southern district of Florida.  In that role, he seemed to uphold the ideas that certain big corporations, particularly big pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations, are too big to jail, and that top executives of big corporations should not be held accountable for their corporations ' actions.He had central involvement in three bigsettlements of charges of corporate misbehavior which held no individuals accountable for enabling, authorizing, directing or implementing the bad behavior.  The settlements imposed only ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - February 21, 2017 Category: Health Management Tags: bribery Bristol-Myers-Squibb deception Donald Trump Genzyme GlaxoSmithKline impunity kickbacks legal settlements manipulating clinical research Sanofi-Aventis Source Type: blogs