Ellie Hensley

Staff Writer - Atlanta Business Chronicle

March 28th, 2016

Prescription drug abuse recently surpassed auto accidents as the No. 1 cause of injury related deaths in the United States, and a company led by prominent former Georgia State Sen. Sam Zamarripa believes it has a device that can help.

Atlanta-based Intent Solutions' medical device TAD, which stands for "Take As Directed," eliminates access to all of a patient's medications at once while barring access to anyone besides the patient.

TAD is a portable dispenser that contains a disposable vial filled with medication attached to an electronic device that is pre-programmed for a patient's dosage schedule. It notifies the patient when it's time to take their medicine, scans their fingerprint, delivers the pill and records the dosage. The data is then stored in a cloud database for analysis. According to the company, this automation and real-time reporting is unique to the device.

Intent Solutions planning a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that will kick off in April.

The company will introduce its technology at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which will be held in Atlanta from March 28 to 31.

Ellie Hensley is an entertainment, health care and general assignment reporter.