RESPMETER Opioid Overdose Detector Wins FDA Breakthrough Device Status

Altair
Medical recently announced that it received FDA Breakthrough Device status for
its RESPMETER wearable biosensor. The biosensor is a chest-worn wireless sensor
that can detect Opioid Indused Respiratory Depression (OIRD), a common and
often fatal side effect of using opioid drugs.

The biosensor monitors respiratory patterns and analyses them using proprietary algorithms. When the device detects OIRD in the wearer, it sends an alert to designated first responders, who can then intervene by administering naloxone.

Altair Medical hopes that the RESPMETER wearable biosensor will play an important role in the global opioid epidemic. OIRD causes 1,000 deaths per week in the UK and USA, according to the company’s press release, and it is now the largest cause of accidental death in most developed countries.

Altair’s founder Dr. Bruce Henderson said in the release, “I recognized the need for a new solution to the problem of opioid deaths during my work as a forensic medical examiner. I was appalled at the number of unnecessary deaths and developed RESPMETER to combat this unmet need. Being granted Breakthrough Device status will greatly assist the team at Altair in delivering this life-saving technology to patients.”

Link: Altair Medical homepage…

Via: Altair Medical announcement…

Cici Zhou

Cici Zhou is currently a medical student at the University of Oklahoma. In the past, she has done management consulting for medical startups and recently spent summer as a lab researcher at UC San Francisco. As a future physician, she’s excited by the intersection of medicine + technology because of its ability to completely transform the industry and touch millions of lives.