In many cases, the same companies are building the same kinds of devices that are used in the field.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
But sometimes it’s the same company using the exact same process for making the same types of devices.
And it can get confusing.
For example, a company that makes antacid sprayers for doctors in some areas may be making the exact products that are being used by a hospital.
That can be a confusing situation.
For example, an FDA advisory panel has issued a warning about commercial antacido sprayers that have been marketed as safe for use by primary care physicians.
In some cases, a doctor who uses one of those products may use one that is marketed as unsafe.
For more, see how the industry responds to the advisory.
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