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article imageFDA approves overdose device

By Tim Sandle     Apr 5, 2014 in Health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a handheld device for the treatment of opioid-overdose emergencies.
The new device was developed by the Richmond, Virginia-based firm Kaléo Pharma. It is designed to treat opioid overdoses. The device has been named Evzio, according to the Washington Post.
Evizo is a type of auto-injector, and it resembles a rectangular device smaller than a deck of cards that delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone. The new device works to treat opioid overdoses much in the same way EpiPens are used to treat anaphylactic shock from severe allergic reactions. When opened and activated, the device emits recorded voice instructions to guide users.
The device is intended to be used by the suspected overdose victim’s family or caretakers, the FDA indicates. It has been estimated that, in 2009, more than 16,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the U.S.
To get hold of the device will require a prescription. No price has yet been set for the device.
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