FDA Approves First Video Game For Treating ADHD In Kids

It might not be the next blockbuster, in-demand video game released, but Akili Interactive’s EndeavorRX may still go down in history as one of gaming’s most innovative of all time!

EndeavorRX, formerly known as Project EVO, is the first video game that can legally be marketed and prescribed as medicine in the United States (USA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the landmark decision, which now authorizes doctors to prescribe the iPhone and iPad game for kids between the age of 8 and 12 with ADHD.

The game underwent seven years of clinical trials that studied over 600 children to figure out whether a game could actually make a difference. According to the company, one-third of kids treated “no longer had a measurable attention deficit on at least one measure of objective attention” after playing the obstacle-dodging, target-collecting game for 25 minutes a day, five days a week for four weeks.

Even though the game hasn’t actually launched yet, an Akili rep has reported that they’ve technically opened up enrollment for a limited number of families, and if interested you can still join the waitlist. It’s also pretty cool to see a video game treatment used for something other than distraction or exercise, too.

Photo: Akili Interactive

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