December 6, 2018 – San Diego – The nation’s opioid epidemic resulted in the opioid overdose deaths of almost 48,000 Americans in 2017. To tackle this public health crisis, Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc. and ImageWare Systems, Inc. announce a cutting-edge partnership focused on securing powerful opioid medications in abuse-deterrent packaging while seamlessly and securely connecting patients with their care providers in order to improve healthcare outcomes.
Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc. and ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) announce a cutting-edge partnership focused on securing powerful opioid medications in abuse-deterrent packaging while seamlessly and securely connecting patients with their care providers in order to improve healthcare outcomes. This innovative solution features Gatekeeper Innovation’s Safer Lock® locking cap and ImageWare Systems pillphone®, which is an FDA-cleared and patented mobile health management platform for medication adherence and patient engagement. In particular, chronic pain patients and their healthcare providers will reap great benefits from this integrated solution.
This powerful partnership will help tackle the nation’s opioid epidemic, which resulted in the opioid overdose deaths of almost 48,000 Americans in 2017. The Council of Economic Advisors estimates that cost of the opioid crisis was $504 billion – 2015. That staggering price tag reflects the cost of all opioid abuse (includes heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl) for healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, social and criminal justice involvement, and the loss of life. Clearly, it is impossible to put a dollar sign on the loss of a loved one.
Safer Lock is a patented four-digit combination locking cap that is sold with the Safer Lock bottle or can retrofit many existing pharmaceutical bottles used in pharmacies today. Patients create and set their personal combination from 10,000 possibilities. Safer Lock will open when it’s on the correct combination, which helps keep non-patients from pilfering medication without detection.
Healthcare systems, pharmacies, medical manufacturers and drug-free community coalitions nation-wide dispense Safer Locks to deter medication misuse.
Dr. Janine Bera, Chief Medical Officer for WellSpace Health in the Sacramento, California region, reports that “Safer Lock is an easy and convenient way to keep these medications available for use as they were intended while at the same time, preventing them from being used inappropriately.”
The pillphone offers a biometrically-secured mobile communication system in English and Spanish for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The use of pillphone increases patient education, supports chronic conditions, increases medication adherence and avoids non-urgent use of the Emergency Room.
The pillphone’s secure communication platform allows the medical team to remotely monitor and support patients outside the walls of the physician’s office, pharmacy, or hospital. This virtual support can be tremendously valuable in rural or remote areas where it may be difficult to access health care resources in person.
Jim Miller, Chairman and CEO of ImageWare Systems said, “The pillphone is the perfect companion application to Safer Lock as it allows the caregiver or medical professional to provide real-time secure communication with the patient, reduce abuse, and ensure that the patient is taking their medication as prescribed. We are excited to be partnering with Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc. and for the potential life-saving opportunity this partnership offers.”
The goal of this innovative partnership is to secure opioids while also connecting patients to care providers and their caregivers, enhancing the support received throughout their health journey.
As Gatekeeper Innovation CEO Kim Box explains, “By reducing medication diversion, improving patient adherence and connecting patients to real-time resources, the Safer Lock and pillphone partnership can change the future of patient well-being.”
About ImageWare® Systems, Inc.
ImageWare Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions, providing two-factor, biometric and multi-factor authentication solutions for the enterprise. The company delivers next-generation biometrics as an interactive and scalable cloud-based solution. ImageWare brings together cloud and mobile technology to offer two-factor, biometric, and multi-factor authentication for smartphone users, for the enterprise, and across industries.
For more information about ImageWare, please visit https://iwsinc.com/.
About Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc.
Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc., the maker of Safer Lock, designs and delivers abuse-deterrent packaging that reduces diversion and accidental access to powerful medications. The company’s vision is to save lives endangered by drug misuse. Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc., is headquartered in Sacramento, California. For more information, please visit https://saferlockrx.com/
For more information about the Safer Lock and pillphone solution, contact Sandy Hancock at [email protected] or (916) 521-7870.
Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc.
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