By Brian Hartman
For this year’s flu season, many pharmacies are for the first time offering painless, needle-free shots to ward off the disease. But there’s one big problem: The FDA says they may not work.
The agency on Friday warned doctors, nurses and pharmacists “not to use injector devices to administer influenza vaccines.” The agency’s alert notes it has not approved any “injector devices” for use with the flu vaccine.
“The FDA has no data to support the safety or effectiveness” of flu vaccines delivered by jet injector, the alert reads.
So patients who already received the shot may need to go back and get a jab in the arm with a needle after all.
PharmaJet, a Colorado-based company, has been marketing its device as a proven flu-fighting tool. In place of a needle, PharmaJet uses a high-pressure steam of liquid to pierce the skin and deliver the vaccine.
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