Did you know that CPAP machines should not be sold without a prescription? Even if you are not filing through insurance, the company you order your CPAP machine through must have a copy of a doctor’s order or prescription on file. CPAP machines are considered Class II medical devices and require a prescription by law. The main reason for this is that each machine is set differently for each individual’s needs, and, therefore, requires a doctor’s order. Enforcement of this law has increased over recent years, so even if you bought a CPAP machine online in the past without a doctor’s order, internet providers are now being closely watched by enforcement authorities.
Have a prescription on hand
As with any medical device, it is very important to research who you buy from when it comes to CPAP equipment. There are certain obligations the law requires of all CPAP retailers. The first is that all retailers are required to obtain a prescription for your CPAP device before they are allowed to ship to you. If you are told it will be taken care of later, the company is not following the law. In addition, all retailers are required to be certified by their State Board of Pharmacy. Any legitimate retailer will be happy to provide this information to you.
If you are looking for a particular CPAP brand, you can always call the customer service number of that company to verify the legitimacy of the retailer you are researching. Also, all retailers are required to provide a toll-free number to reach their staff during posted business hours. A retailer using an answering service during this time is not following the law.
Buy your machine from a reliable supplier
When it comes to something as important and delicate as your health, it is important to be well-informed about your options realize that there are laws in place to keep you safe. Before ordering, make sure you have a copy of your prescription if you are in the market for a new CPAP machine or supplies. And make sure the retailer you choose is legitimate and following those laws meant to protect you. Have a close look at the prescription policies for those retailers. These should be posted and easy to locate on their websites, so you know what is required when purchasing that new CPAP machine. Know that a little research goes a long way when it comes to taking care of your health!