FDA warns against using an oxygen concentrator without a valid prescription


As coronavirus cases surge across the US, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against buying or using an oxygen concentrator at home without a valid prescription as it could lead to serious health problems such as oxygen toxicity.

Oxygen concentrators are medical devices required to be sold and used only with a prescription.

The FDA said it was aware of some oxygen concentrators being sold online without a prescription and stressed it had not “approved or cleared” any oxygen concentrators to to be sold or used without a prescription.

“You should not to use an oxygen concentrator at home unless it has been prescribed by a health care provider,” the FDA said in a statement.

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