FDA opioid-reduction challenge winners announced

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The FDA has announced the eight winners of its Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder.

The FDA received over 250 applications, and those selected will begin working with the FDA to release their products in real time to fight the opioid epidemic. The application process was open from June 1 through Sept. 30.

Here are the eight applicants that will receive FDA support:

1. Washington D.C.-based, Algometrx Inc. was selected for its rapid drug screen product in the drug monitoring category.

2. Alpharetta, Ga.-based Avanos was selected for a product withheld at the request of the company.

3. Jerusalem, Israel-based Brainsway Ltd was selected for its Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Device in the opioid use disorder therapy category.

4. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based CognifiSense Inc. was selected for its Virtual Reality Neurophysiological Therapy in the pain therapy category.

5. Online- company iPill Dispenser was selected for its iPill Dispenser product in the medication dispensing category.

6. Irvine, Calif.-based Masimo Corp. was selected for a product withheld at the company's request in the overdose therapy category.

7. Chicago-based Milliman was selected for its opioid prediction service in the diagnostic category.

8. Flower Mound, Texas-based ThermoTek Inc. was selected for its NanoTherm and VascuTherm systems in  the pain therapy category.

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