Quick Hits: FDA Gives Opioid Overdose Detector Breakthrough Status

The device contains a biosensor that detects fatal side effects of opioid abuse.

A recent Medgadget article reported on a new device aimed at combating the opioid crisis. The RESPMETER wearable biosensor from Altair Medical just achieved a breakthrough device designation from the FDA. The device is a wireless sensor that is worn on a patient’s chest to detect Opioid Induced Respiratory Depression (OIRD), a common deadly side effect associated with the use of opioid drugs. When the RESPMETER detects signs of OIRD, it notifies designated first responders who can intervene by administering naloxone. 

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