A new fish therapy device that can treat fish ailments and prevent skin cancer may be coming to market, but it’s not the kind of device you would use if you were dealing with an actual fish.
“If you are going to be dealing with a fish that’s actually alive, you need a device that is able to treat them and prevent them from being harmed,” said John Pazdek, president of FishTherapy, Inc., a San Diego-based company that sells fish therapy and other treatments that can be used to treat fish.
“That’s a really unique thing,” Pazddek said.
“Fish therapy is an old technology and we don’t have a good understanding of how it works, how it interacts with the human body and the immune system.”
Fish therapy, or FTS, is a term that refers to a type of treatment that is often used to improve the health of animals that are treated in aquaculture.
Pazddes’ company, FishTherapeutic, Inc. (FTT), has been developing an FTS device since the mid-2000s.
It was developed to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, cystic fibrosis and a host of other conditions.
The FTS devices can be purchased for $25 for a two-day course.
The company is also working on a device to treat lupus, which is a genetic disorder that causes inflammation in the body.
Pazdfek said he expects to begin marketing the FTS product by the end of the year.
But he said there’s a lot of hurdles to overcome before the FTP device can be commercially viable.
The FDA has approved only about 1,300 devices so far, with a further 7,600 to be approved in the coming years.
In the past, the FDA has been hesitant to approve the devices, and its review of the devices has been limited.
The agency said the FTF devices need to be tested in humans, before the devices can receive FDA approval, before they can be marketed, and before they could be distributed.
“I think it’s just an extremely challenging and extremely difficult road,” Pizdek said of the FDA’s review process.
“We’re trying to figure out what it takes to get FDA approval.”
The FDA, which regulates devices under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, is also considering the safety of the FTC device in humans.
The FDA said in its approval notice for the FTM devices that the device is designed to treat conditions that occur in humans or animals, and not in fish.
The device, which Pazdedek calls the “fish spongeBob,” is designed for treating fish ailments, but its efficacy is questionable.
Pizdedek said it could be potentially harmful if used in a person with skin cancer, or to people who are allergic to fish or other animals.
“If the device had a negative impact on a human, the FTT device would be problematic,” Puzdek told ABC News.
“The Fish Therapy is an effective device, but in humans we know it can be harmful to people.”
The company has partnered with researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University at Buffalo to test the FTB device in the lab.
Pazdedeks hopes to have a product in stores by the year 2020.
“There’s no question that this is a product that’s really exciting for our patients and their families,” Prazedek said, adding that the company has been working with the FDA to find a manufacturer for the device.
The FishTherapist device is a combination of a battery-powered microchip and a small metal tank that is filled with purified water and a solution of vitamins, minerals and herbs.
The microchip, known as a FTS chip, is attached to a device called a fish sponge that has an array of sensors inside the device that allow the microchip to detect and respond to changes in body temperature and pH.
The fish sponge has a small battery inside that can keep the device working for up to 24 hours.
“It’s very difficult to design a device in a way that is safe for humans,” Piazdek explained.
“The most difficult part is figuring out how to protect the device and not be vulnerable to environmental contaminants.”
The Fish Therapist is not a replacement for the traditional fish tank, and Pazfedek said the device would work for most fish.
Pozdedek added that the FishTherap is a more cost-effective option than using the fish tank for fish therapy because the Fish Therapy is a new product.
“For a lot, [fishing] is the most expensive treatment out there, but the Fish Therapy could be more affordable than the fish tanks,” he said.
“If we can find a way to sell the Fishtherapy to people, then that’s a win for everyone