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News From the Food and Drug Administration
November 1, 2016

Lifesaving App for Opioid Users

JAMA. 2016;316(17):1756. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15572

Opioid users and their friends and families may soon have an app to locate a source of naloxone, the antidote that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The FDA set a November 7 deadline for computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers, entrepreneurs, and others who registered last month to submit concepts in a competition to develop a potentially lifesaving mobile phone application. “The goal of this competition is to develop a low-cost, scalable, crowd-sourced mobile application that addresses this issue of accessibility,” Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, the FDA’s associate commissioner for public health strategy and analysis, said in a statement.

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