The FDA recently announced the winner of its 2016 Naloxone App Competition. There were 45 submissions to the contest, which was launched to “spur innovation around the development of a low-cost, scalable, crowd-sourced mobile phone application” to combat opioid overdose. The winner of the $40,000 prize was the OD Help app developed by Team Pwrdby, a startup based in California. The app alerts a crowd-sourced network of naloxone carriers within a certain distance of the person requiring the drug, and these carriers can then choose to respond to the call. The app also can be paired with a breathing monitor to detect low breathing rate and call for emergency medical services if the user is alone and unable to call for help.
Read more and watch a demonstration video via Pain Medicine News here.