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News From the Food and Drug Administration
June 7, 2016

Banning Electrical Shock Devices

JAMA. 2016;315(21):2268. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6560

The FDA wants to ban devices that apply electrical shocks to the skin to stop aggressive behavior and self-inflicted injuries such as head-banging, hand-biting, or eye gouging.

Only on rare occasions does the agency seek to ban devices. “These devices are dangerous and a risk to public health—and we believe they should not be used,” William Maisel, MD, MPH, of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement (http://1.usa.gov/1VGHKus).

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