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FDA Approves Nonprescription Defibrillators
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday cleared the way for defibrillators to be sold over the counter, specifically for use by laypersons.
Defibrillators are used to treat a person who has undergone cardiac arrest and whose heart is beating abnormally, or fibrillating. If the heart isn't returned to its normal beat within minutes, the problem could be fatal.
IVHealth Ruth Ann
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