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Ingestible Sensors and Medication Adherence: Focus on Use in Serious Mental Illness

College of Pharmacy, Marshall B. Ketchum University, Fullerton, CA 92831, USA
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
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Pharmacy 2020, 8(2), 103;
Received: 10 April 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 11 June 2020 / Published: 16 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychotropic Medication Adherence)
Background: Poor medication adherence is a major public health concern. Patients living with a serious mental illness (SMI) commonly present with non-adherence to their medication regimen, which can lead to relapse and hospitalizations. The high rates of antipsychotic non-adherence continue to persist despite several interventions and medication advances. This review evaluates the possible role of the ingestible sensor technology for medication adherence in different conditions, with a focus on use in the SMI schizophrenia. Methods: Literature searches were conducted in July 2019 in the PubMed database. Results: In small studies of ingestible sensor use, the average adherence ranged from 73.9% to 88.6% for SMI and ≥ 80% for cardiac and transplant (99.4%) patients. In SMI studies, patients were clinically stable, and the majority had a clinical global impression severity of “mild disease”. Patients generally experienced relatively minor dermatological adverse effects related to wearable sensor use. Conclusions: A medication with an ingestible sensor may help provide real-time objective medication-taking adherence information for clinicians. However, further studies are needed to understand the impact of use on adherence and improvement on treatment outcomes with the ingestible sensor technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: adherence; antipsychotic; ingestible sensor; schizophrenia; serious mental illness adherence; antipsychotic; ingestible sensor; schizophrenia; serious mental illness
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Alipour, A.; Gabrielson, S.; Patel, P.B. Ingestible Sensors and Medication Adherence: Focus on Use in Serious Mental Illness. Pharmacy 2020, 8, 103.

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