Should trackable pill technologies be used to facilitate adherence among patients without insight?

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Abstract

Aripiprazole tablets with sensor offer a new wireless trackable form of aripiprazole that represents a clear departure from existing drug delivery systems, routes, or formulations. This tracking technology raises concerns about the ethical treatment of patients with psychosis when it could introduce unintended treatment challenges. The use of "trackable" pills and other "smart" drugs or nanodrugs assumes renewed importance given that physicians are responsible for determining patients' decision-making capacity. Psychiatrists are uniquely positioned in society to advocate on behalf of vulnerable patients with mental health disorders. The case presented here focuses on guidance for capacity determination and informed consent for such nanodrugs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-336
Number of pages5
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

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