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Research Letter
October 2016

Unauthorized Online Sales of Secondhand Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices

Author Affiliations
  • 1Neuroscience Program, Psychology Department, University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota
  • 2Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 3Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1559-1561. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.4506

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea and can improve patients’ blood pressure, reaction times while driving, and quality of life.1 Health insurance generally covers CPAP devices, but the typical cost of $600 to $2000 for patients without insurance or with minimal coverage can be prohibitive.2

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