DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE
PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20204
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13,
The Food and
Drug Administration warned today that the sale of second-hand relaxacisors
The warning stemmed
from reports that owners of the electrical devices are attempting to dispose
of them by offering them for sale in classified advertisements.
The devices provide
electrical shocks to the body through contact pads. They were declared
dangerous to health in a California court ruling last April against Relaxacisor,
Inc., the distributor.
In his decision,
Judge William P. Gray said the devices could cause miscarriages and could
aggravate many pre-exisiting medical conditions, including hernia, ulcers,
varicose veins and epilepsy.
More than 400,000
units have been sold for exercise and reducing. After Judge Gray's
decision, many concerned owners wrote to the distributor requesting a
refund. In seeking to allay their fears, the firm said it had
filed an appeal and was confident the ruling would be reversed.
The appeal was
dismissed last November 24, by agreement between the firm and the Government,
thus ending the case.
In recent weeks,
FDA has supplied posters to all post offices warning against use of the
In its warning
today to both sellers and prospective purchasers of the devices, the FDA
said such sales are in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the
devices are subject to seizure.
recommended that owners of the device either destroy them or render them
inoperable to avoid any possibility of harm to unsuspecting
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