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Used Medical Equipment


Also, most over-the-counter (OTC) items are allowed, as long as their listings neither mention nor compare them to prescription drugs. However, injectable substances are never allowed even if theyre available over the counter.

Some drugs that dont require a prescription are restricted in certain forms or when theyre not properly packaged, labeled, or described. See our guidelines below for details.

Nasal pillows only (without accessories that effectively make the item a medical mask)

Medical devices that require government authorization for distribution to third parties are allowed, as long as the seller meets the requirements below.

Vintage or collectible medical devices that are not intended for use are allowed, but the listing must make it clear that the item is vintage and not for use.

Software for reporting or recording how airway pressure machines are functioning is allowed, as long as the software cant make adjustments to the machine.

Oxygen concentrators, oxygen compressors, oxygen conservers and their accessories that require a prescription

Pulse oximeters that are not approved as medical grade for the Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter sale

CPAP, BiPAP or VPAP accessories, such as masks, nasal pillow systems, flow generators, humidifiers, or head gear with a mask

Any items that can be used to adjust airway pressure machines, including tools and software

Implantable devices, such as pacemakers, heart valves, vascular grafts, ventricular bypass devices, and implantable infusion pumps.

A statement explaining that the item has been cleaned and handled in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. (See additional cleaning and handling instructions below.)

Sellers must clean and handle all medical devices in accordance with the manufacturers instructions before shipping. Sellers cant list any medical device that has been altered in any way that significantly changes the products performance or safety specifications. All items must be delivered to buyers prior to a clearly marked expiration or "use by" date.

Sellers must clearly inform potential buyers, in the item description, if the device has been opened or used.

Sellers who have questions about legal obligations regarding sales of medical devices should consult with the FDAs Center for Devices and Radiological Health by phone at 800-638-2041, or by email at dsmica@cdrh.fda.gov.

In addition, members should review the product manufacturers website before listing or buying any used medical device to obtain the latest information about any health or safety issues relating to that product.

While hearing aids dont require a prescription, the law requires all listings of hearing aids must include the following disclaimer:

Over-the-counter medications that contain non-prescription strengths of prescription drugs can be listed, but the concentration of the prescription drug needs to be mentioned in the listing. For example, omeprazole (a prescription drug) can be listed, as long as its clear that its the 20mg version.

Flea control products (such as Program, Advantage, and Top Spot) have to be sealed in their original packaging.

Heartworm medicines for animals (such as Sentinel, Revolution, Heartgard, and Interceptor) can only contain non-prescription forms of ivermectin and the listings have to include the NADA or ANADA number.

Descriptions of herbal and holistic remedies and other items cant compare the products listed to prescription drugs, imply any non-FDA-approved treatments, or be marketed as having the same results.

The FDA maintains the Orange Book where you can search prescription drugs and over-the-counter products by either brand name or active ingredient.

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine maintains the Green Book where you can find information about drugs for animals.

Remember, you cant list any prescription drug mentioned in the Orange Book or Green Book.