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CDRH officials: Combating opioid crisis requires medtech innovation

Advanced medical technologies and data analytics are needed to address the opioid crisis, note Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Jonathan Jarow, chief medical officer of CDRH's Office of Device Evaluation. "We believe the greatest opportunities for medical devices to help prevent opioid use disorder are devices that could help identify people likely to become addicted, devices that manage pain as an alternative to opioids or reduce the need for opioid medications," they write in a blog post.

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