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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:12 PM
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Will MediCare pay for guns for the elderly?
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16207-gun-for-the...

A US company claims to have received federal approval to market a 9-mm handgun as a medical device and hopes the US government will reimburse seniors who buy the $300 firearm. But the US Food and Drug Administration says there are currently no formal designations of the gun as a medical device.

Called the Palm Pistol, the weapon is designed for people who have trouble firing a normal handgun due to arthritis and other debilitating conditions.

"It's something that they need to assist them in daily living," says Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, New Jersey, which hopes to manufacture the Palm Pistol - now just a patent and specifications.

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Constitutional Arms informed a medical technology blog that the FDA had approved the Palm Pistol as a medical device, classifying it as a "Daily Activity Assist Device".


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"It's not implanted in the body, but the obvious result of this thing could be," says Schulman.

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:16 PM
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1. I had to check closly to make sure this wasn't from The Onion!
WHAT in the world kind of daily activity assistance requires a gun?
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:23 PM
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2. What is in the water down there?
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