Counterfeit dental equipment that can shatter on your teeth

Ok, who looks forward to going to the dentist? I sure don’t. But I am lucky, dental work is a lot more efficient and friendly then it was 20 years ago. But, counterfeiters though have given me another reason to be wary.

Last Month, the UK government seized 12,000 fake dental equipment. These were sold online on popular marketplaces that allow 3rd party sellers. The equipment looks genuine, and that is what it does best. Using it for dental work, and you will had a bad time.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the UK’s regulator for medical devices and medicines – has six ongoing investigations involving the purchase of counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment such as high-speed hand-piece drills from auction websites by UK dentists.

The seized items include 24 dental X-ray machines that emit high levels of radiation, 384 hand-piece drills that could malfunction and disintegrate inside patients’ mouths and 3,242 poor quality root canal files that could break.
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The MHRA issued a safety alert to all dentistry professionals in January, following an incident in November 2013 when a counterfeit product for drilling and cleaning teeth shattered while being used on a patient. The patient was unharmed.

“The MHRA has seized large amounts of cheaply-priced, counterfeit and unapproved dental equipment. This equipment looks like the genuine product, and often has false CE approval markings but it is potentially dangerous to patients and the dental staff using it.”

Just as in my other post about fake airbags, the best way if you are a dentist and want to avoid counterfeit products is to buy from a trusted source. Remember, if it is to good to be true, it usually is. Ask yourself, why is this cheaper then the other companies. Do they have better manufacturing then the companies that have been doing this for decades and make over a billion a year?

BBC has aired a 45m episode regarding fake dental products in the UK. It effects the EU more, as their customs allows entry to any country. Once in that country, there is no more customs checks. This means if the UK customs are good at finding fake dental equipment, counterfeit imports will just to another country with easier customs in the bloc.

 

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