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Pear Therapeutics Gets Greenlight from FDA for Addiction Treatment via Digital Therapeutic

Monday, September 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
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In a milestone for addiction recovery through mobile devices, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved marketing for  Pear Therapeutics’ prescription reSET app. The program is aimed at individuals as part of outpatient therapy for substance use disorders spanning alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulants.

The company is developing a separate application for treating opioid dependence, called reSET-O.

The regulator approved the app through de novo premarket review —a regulatory pathway used for certain low to moderate-risk devices that are new and have no rival on the market.

Positive results from a 12-week, multisite, unblinded clinical trial of reSET were used to justify the FDA’s marketing approval. Of the 399 patients who received either standard treatment or standard treatment with a desktop version of reSET, that could be accessed at trial site or at home, more than 40 percent who used reSET were able to stay away from alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant. For those who did not use reSET as part of their substance use disorder therapy, only 17.6 percent of patients were abstinent.

Last year, Pear Therapeutics  raised $20 million partly for the commercial launch of reSET and to advance the company’s other digital therapeutics. Among the investors in that round were 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, and JAZZ Venture Partners, and Bridge Builders Collaborative.

Several digital health companies, such as  Workit Health,  Ascent and  Addicaid,  have taken an interest in developing tools for substance use disorders, particularly for opioid addiction which is a public health crisis that many states are struggling to address.

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