Pain Care Labs (formerly MMJ Labs) was established in 2006 by pediatric emergency physician and pain researcher Amy Baxter. Inspired by the need to control needle pain, Dr. Baxter set out to develop reusable, physiologic products for home and hospital. Initial R&D funded by the NIH launched the flagship product Buzzy®, a palm sized device combining cold and a proprietary mechanical oscillatory frequency proven to most effectively inhibit pain.
Since the official product launch in 2009, Buzzy® has been used to block needle pain for over 36 million procedures in 27 countries. Buzzy is in over 5,000 hospitals and clinics, with over 170,000 units sold. Buzzy is recommended on the national guidelines for Bicillin injections in New Zealand!
With multiple patents and FDA 510 (k) clearances to control pain from IVs, blood draws, cosmetic injections, and injuries and treat myofascial trigger point pain, muscle restriction and tension, the company's product line includes VibraCool ® Cryovibration and DistrACTION® products. In 2019, studies on VibraCool demonstrated 2-4 times superior physical therapy pain relief to electrical stimulation (TENS), and 35% fewer opioid tablets after knee surgery. New low back pain devices will be available 2020.
Founded By A Physician
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Dr. Baxter directs innovation, invention, and strategy for Pain Care Labs. Accomplishments include international thought leadership on pain management and acute opioid reduction, multiple NIH SBIR Fast-Tracks, eight issued patents, multiple first author textbook chapters and journal publications, and successful 510K FDA clearances. After graduating from Yale University and Emory Medical School, as a double-boarded pediatric emergency physician Dr. Baxter founded PEMA Emergency Research, created and validated the BARF pediatric nausea scale cited in fifty studies, and founded Pain Care Labs. Recognition includes Forbes Ten Healthcare Disruptors, Inc. Top Women in Tech to Watch, Top 10 Innovative and Disruptive Women in Healthcare, a Wall Street Journal “Idea Person”, and the Most Innovative CEO of 2014 from Georgia Bio. National and international lecturing highlights include MakerFaire, AARP, and TEDMED. On Homeolux Board of Directors.