The city’s food and drug administration has warned Shanghai residents not to buy needle-free injection systems online as these are usually fakes, Shanghai Daily reports.
Regulations forbid the sale of anything but over-the-counter medicine online.
“Anyone looking to buy medical appliances must get an official prescription and purchase it from a hospital or licensed drugstore,” said Du Bing of the Shanghai FDA.
Some local residents have complained about the poor quality of needle-free injectors they bought online, with some saying they had injured themselves using the devices.
Manufacturers of authentic needle-free injectors said these products are fakes and alerted the FDA and police.
It boggles the mind that this actually needs to be said, but don’t buy medical devices from randomers on the internet, that is the opposite of being a savvy consumer.
Needle-free injectors are available from numerous sellers on taobao.com.
One online seller was this week offering an “INJEX” needle-free injector, an imported product from Germany, for 5,000 yuan (US$806.45). His price is much lower than the market price of 6,880 yuan.
He promised to offer after-sale services and official receipt, but refused to show a certificate of manufacturer authorization.
Taobao official Zhou Yulei said selling injectors for medical use is prohibited on the website, and advised consumers to report sellers offering these products.
Needle-free injection works by using a high-pressure narrow jet of injection liquid instead of a hypodermic needle to pierce the skin. Such devices are often used for mass vaccination or as an alternative to needle syringes for diabetics to inject insulin.
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