Consumers need to be aware of the possibility of a “medical kit fraud” when purchasing medical equipment from a company that doesn’t require them to sign an agreement.
A recent report from Consumer Reports says that over half of all medical equipment sold on Amazon.com is not licensed to be used in a medical setting.
This is due to the fact that many medical companies make their products for patients who aren’t licensed to do so.
This includes many of the popular products from major companies like Kiehl’s, Johnson & Johnson, and Walgreens.
This could mean a patient could be getting a bogus medical kit, with an expired label, or a patient who is a repeat customer.
If this happens, the medical equipment manufacturer may not be able to honor the agreement, meaning the patient could end up paying the full price.
This can have serious consequences for patients and their healthcare providers.
Consumers are also urged to be wary of companies that have “recycled” medical equipment that is no longer needed.
This involves a company replacing a medical item with a newer, cheaper product that has a better warranty.
A manufacturer may still claim to have been able to recycle the medical item, but they may not have the required licenses.
Some companies may have a list of legitimate medical devices on their website, but if consumers search the company’s website, they will find many products that have expired labels or other questionable practices.
Some medical equipment manufacturers are known to resell medical equipment on a “permanent” basis.
For example, a company may resell a used hospital gown to the public for $200.
However, the company may have used the gown to treat an infected patient, or they may have reused the gown.
If the medical device manufacturer doesn’t follow these safety guidelines, it could lead to an expensive medical equipment accident.