FDA Recruits Coders Into Creating App To Help Responders Find Closest Dose Of Naloxone
In a situation where a minute could mean the difference between life and death, the FDA hopes an app can help get the anti-overdose medication to the patient as quickly as possible.
Los Angeles Times:
FDA Asks Coders To Create An App That Matches Opioid Overdose Victims With Lifesaving Rescue Drug
In a bid to stanch the death toll of the nation’s epidemic of opioid drug use, the Food and Drug Administration is calling for the development of a cellphone app that could quickly bring lifesaving medication to the rescue of a person in the throes of a potentially deadly overdose. The FDA on Monday challenged computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers and entrepreneurs to create an application that can connect opioid users and their friends and loved ones to someone nearby who has a dose of the prescription drug naloxone. (Healy, 9/19)