Devices Continue to Gain Traction As Opioid Epidemic Rages On

This study, when complete, will be a monumental step-up for evidence-driven medicine in the rapidly growing field of neuromodulation,” said Andrea Trescot, the CMO of Stimwave and former President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). “Every other industry is expected to show efficacy through sham and placebo-controlled studies; the Tsunami study is growing the evidence that single-stage, wireless neurostimulators can offer more options to more pain patients.” Medtech's Response The opioid crisis has had a profound impact in the U.S. resulting in the deaths of 130 people a day, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The medtech industry was given a call to arms by FDA in June of last year when the agency launched an innovation challenge to spur the development of devices, digital health technologies, and diagnostic tests that could provide a novel solution in response to the opioid epidemic. Device companies have answered the call for developing new technologies that could prevent the need for opioids to be used. Recently, MedicaSafe received $1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to support a clinical trial to examine the effect of a drug-device combination vs. standard of care in the treatment management of OUD. The trial is conducted to determine whether the system can help foster treatment compliance and assist clinicians. Earlie...
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