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Neurowave launches neuromodulation device for postoperative nausea

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Neurowave Medical Technologies has launched Reletex, a transdermal neuromodulation device designed to treat postoperative nausea, in the US. The device is worn on the wrist and generates electrical pulses that stimulate the centre of nausea control in the brain, Neurowave claims. This produces anti-nausea signals that travel from the vagus nerve to the digestive system. Reletex provides “almost immediate” relief to patients, the Chicago, Illinois-based firm said, adding that almost every patient undergoing surgery suffers from nausea. The device is cleared by the US FDA as an adjunct to anti-emetic drugs for postoperative nausea. It could reduce the need for these drugs, thereby minimising side-effects and drug interactions, Neurowave believes. The firm also markets devices for other types of nausea, including morning sickness and motion sickness.

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