Automatic defibrillator approved for sale without prescriptionBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7468.703-c (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:703
- Jeanne Lenzer
- New York
The US Food and Drug Administration granted “over the counter” status to Phillips Medical's automatic external defibrillator (AED), on 16 September.
This is the first time that an AED has been approved for sale without a prescription. It can be used for adults and for children aged 8 years or older or who weigh at least 3 stone 13 pounds (25 kg).
About 95% of the 340 000 annual US adult deaths from sudden cardiac arrest occur outside hospital, says the American Heart Association. “Many of …