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Fox News 09/01/2018

Wearable device taps tech to battle opioid addiction

A Massachusetts company is touting a wearable device that it says can alleviate chronic pain, offering a high-tech alternative to opioids.

A Massachusetts company is touting a wearable device that it says can alleviate chronic pain, offering a high-tech alternative to opioids.

Quell Pain Relief

Quell is a drug-free device built by Waltham, Mass.-based NeuroMetrix. The wearable, which is worn on the calf, is designed to block chronic pain, according to the company’s CEO Dr. Shai Gozani. “[The] technology stimulates the sensory nerves in your calf sending neural pulses to your brain, that trigger the release of your body’s natural pain blockers called enkephalins,” he told Fox News via email. “Quell was designed for multiple types and sources of chronic pain like back pain, arthritic pain, leg and foot pain, among others.”

The system, which was launched in 2015, comprises a rechargeable neurostimulator that is worn in a neoprene band. Users, however, must also purchase disposable electrodes that work with the neurostimulator. Each electrode lasts two weeks, according to the company.

Quell has been cleared by the FDA for use during the day while active, or at night while sleeping, and can also be personalized using a Quell app, Gozani said. The app lets users calibrate their devices and adjust the intensity of their therapy sessions from their phones or tablets.

The Quell Starter Kit, which includes the device, wearable band, charging equipment and 1-month supply of electrodes, is priced at $249. A 1-month supply of electrodes is $29.95.

Gozani told Fox News that the technology could be a useful tool in the battle against opioid addiction, citing estimates that three quarters of Americans are not taking medications as directed.

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