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Fire twice and call me in in the morning…

Constitution Arms, “an NRA Business Alliance member,” has developed an ergonomically-tweaked single-shot 9mm hand gun, targeted (if readers will forgive the pun) at “seniors, disabled or others who may have limited strength or manual dexterity”– the Palm Pistol:

Anxious to put this patent-pending “defensive firearm” into the gnarly hands of as many elders as possible, Constitution has undertaken to arrange financial aid for their customers.  And indeed, as they report in a note to MedGadget, they’ve succeeded; medicare will now cover the cost of the gun:

…the FDA has completed its “Device/Not a Device” determination and concluded the handgun will be listed as a Class I Medical Device, exempt from 510(k) Pre-Market Notification in accordance with 21 CFR 890.5050 “Daily Activity Assist Device.”

We have now submitted an application to the CMS contractor Noridian for a DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Coding Verification in order to be assigned an HCPCS code. Once assigned , physicians will be able to prescribe the Palm Pistol for qualified patients who may seek reimbursement through Medicare or private health insurance companies.

One presumes that sharp-shooting seniors will be on their own to cover the cost of hollow-point loads…

As we put Kevlar clothing on the Christmas list, we might recall that it was on this date in 1901, the fifth anniversary of Swedish chemist (and dynamite and weapons magnate) Alfred Nobel’s death, that the first Nobel Prizes were awarded…


Nobel Medal (from 1933)

And we might wish the happiest of birthdays to the remarkable Ada Lovelace (b. 1815), daughter of the poet Lord Byron, and (as the author of what can reasonably be considered the first “computer program”) one of the “parents” of the modern computer; and to the Ada’s very different but equally remarkable contemporary, the poet Emily Dickinson (b. 1830)

Your correspondent is off again— again to a spot with spotty connectivity (at best).  Thus, these missives may be few for the next several days. Regular service should resume around the 17th.

Written by LW

December 10, 2008 at 1:01 am

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