Consumer medical devices (CMD) are sold over-the-counter (OTC) at non-specialty retail locations including drug stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and online. They have established safety profiles and are for use by consumers in non-clinical environments. Generally, no training is necessary to use a CMD. Manufacturers of CMDs rely on labeling, design, and consumer familiarity to ensure safe and effective use. Most CMDs are not subject to FDA’s premarket review requirements.
CHPA launched a new podcast – CHPA Chat – providing stories and insights from staff, industry leaders, academics, and healthcare providers about the trends and issues facing the consumer healthcare space.
Legislation exempting certain consumer medical devices from sales and use tax is under consideration in state legislatures across the country. So far this year, lawmakers in seventeen states have considered bills that would exempt either menstrual products, adult incontinence products, or both.