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California hospital becomes first to prescribe digital pill

Proteus system
The technology includes the system that has been approved by the FDA

Proteus Digital Health, the first company to have a ‘digital pill’ approved by the FDA, has signed its first deal – to supply a similar medical technology to a hospital in California.

The deal, with US healthcare provider Barton Health, is the first signed in the US by the California based firm. In September its ingestible digital sensor was approved by the FDA in combination with Otsuka Pharma’s Abilify (aripiprazole), for adults with schizophrenia. 

US FDA accepts first digital medicine application

Proteus system
The digital medicine includes an ingestible sensor and a wearable patch that monitors drug adherence

The FDA has accepted the first New Drug Application for a digital medicine: Otsuka and Proteus Digital Health’s collaboration of Abilify, embedded with an ingestible sensor.

This is the first time an FDA-approved medication has been submitted for approval combined with a sensor within the medication tablet to measure actual medication-taking patterns and physiologic response.

If approved by the FDA, doctors will be allowed to prescribe Abilify (aripiprazole) tablets with the Proteus ingestible sensor embedded in the tablet.

‘Smart pill’ creator gains new funding

Proteus digital pill

Proteus Digital Health has raised $172 million to help develop its new brand of smart pills that can help patients take their medications correctly and monitor vital signs.

This is the second round of funding that the US health and tech firm has managed to secure and comes after it raised $120 million from the first round of funding in June.

The money, from a number of international backers, will enable the company to advance the manufacturing and commercialisation of its digital medicines, it says in a statement.

Proteus to trial smart pills in UK

Smart pill image
Proteus' ingestible sensor invention

A US biotech specialising in smart pills is to set up its first manufacturing site in the UK creating 200 jobs, and is to begin a major trial of its products.

Proteus Digital Health will partner with NHS England and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to see whether its ingestible sensors - taken with drugs - more effectively monitor whether NHS patients follow their medicines regime.

Smart pills - or digital medicines - provide information about what medication has been taken, plus how well a patient’s body is responding via a plaster-like patch the patient wears.

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