April 8, 2020
Easy access to (temporarily) free counseling. Consumer telehealth and mail-order prescription services Hims and Hers are dipping into the mental health wellness space. The brands kicked off new anonymized group therapy and guided meditations offerings yesterday, with the former sessions being led by a licensed mental health practitioner.
The group sessions are currently being offered free of...
March 26, 2020
Pear Therapeutics announced this morning that Somryst, its prescription digital therapeutic for adults with chronic insomnia, has received marketing authorization from the FDA.
The treatment provides cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi) alongside personalized, algorithm-generated sleep restriction recommendations. The digital therapeutic was reviewed through the agency's 510(k)...
January 7, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional statements from Pear Therapeutics.
Pear Therapeutics pulled back the curtain this morning on a number of new deals between the prescription digital therapeutics maker and other tech companies or researchers.
Ranging from virtual reality therapies to voice biomarker tech, the moves appear to be an effort from Pear to add new products to...
December 12, 2019
A video game-like digital therapy may be key to helping reduce cognitive impairments in adults living with major depressive disorder (MDD).
Results out of a new study conducted by Akili interactive found that patients using the company’s AKL-T03 significantly improved their sustained attention compared to their peers in the control group.
In the study, which was presented at the Meeting of the...
October 30, 2019
Pear Therapeutics has announced a new deal with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals that will explore the platform’s potential for patients with certain gastrointestinal (GI) conditions.
“We are excited to be partnering with Ironwood on this initiative and believe there is a compelling clinical rationale for use of [prescription digital therapeutics] in treating GI diseases,” Dr. Corey McCann, president and...
October 16, 2019
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional quotes from Pear Therapeutics.
The poster child of digital therapeutics-pharma collaborations is soon to be no more, as Novartis division Sandoz announced that it is handing sole responsibility for the commercialization of the reSET and reSET-O prescription digital therapeutics back to Pear Therapeutics.
“Pear and Sandoz previously signed...
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October 15, 2019
A decade ago digital health was a relatively new term, largely without name recognition. Today, the venture dollars tell a new story, with $8.1 billion poured into the space in 2018 alone, according to a Rock Health report. Still, most healthcare stakeholders agree digital health is still in its early days and is grappling with questions about its place in the health ecosystem.
Founded in 2010,...
September 27, 2019
It’s been two years since the first software-only digital therapeutic got the FDA greenlight, but the industry is still very much in its infancy and continuing to evolve. New entrances are emerging from the world of health, pharma, tech and finance. As the industry matures, it's grappling with existential questions including regulation, reimbursement models and, as always, the definition of a...
June 12, 2019
Yesterday, CVS Health unveiled Vendor Benefit Management, a new service that will help CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients roll out and manage third-party health products.
As the service is applicable to both digital and non-digital health and wellness products, the company has decided to inaugurate its initiative by announcing Big Health — maker of the CBT-based sleep app...
May 21, 2019
Minneapolis-based NightWare — maker of a smartwatch therapeutic for people with nightmare disorder and PTSD-driven nightmares — has received breakthrough therapy designation for its in-development product. In addition, the company is launching two new placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials for its digital intervention, one of which is being conducted within Department of Veterans Affairs...