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Japan's Otsuka applies to FDA for schizophrenia smart pill

TOKYO -- Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical is seeking U.S. regulatory approval to market a schizophrenia treatment that incorporates a sensor designed to ensure patients take their medicine.

     The ingestible sensor was developed by the U.S. startup Proteus Digital Health, which forged an alliance with Otsuka in 2012 to collaborate in the field of central nervous system medications. The core Otsuka Holdings unit announced Friday that it has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval to make and sell a formulation of its Abilify schizophrenia drug.

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