Originally Posted by sparrowe
But there is a fly in this ointment: On June 24, Neurowave filed a lawsuit against ComfortQuest alleging patent infringement. The details are quite interesting; apparently the former Director of Operations at Neurowave and its predecessor company, a Thomas Mann, is a director or officer of ComfortQuest. A Joseph Norris, also alleged to be a director or officer of ComfortQuest, was a sales rep for Neurowave. I gleaned this information from the complaint which you can read here:
That complaint is very interesting. Quote, "Since December 2012, when it became apparent that a new CPT code would not be granted for the RX devices, Neurowave has been planning for re-entry of its OTC Devices into the market."
Translation: Ooops! We can't get a CPT code that allows us to charge obscene prices to the insurance companies, so our ridiculously profitable marketing plan has just been shot to pieces. Well, we'll just have to see what we can salvage by going OTC.
Speculation: While Neurowave went after the big bucks, a couple of employees saw a retail niche to be filled. Now that Neurowave's plans have stumbled, they don't want the competition for retail. It will be interesting see if the new guys have the money to fight and if Neurowave's patents stand up in court.
As for being a "plastic piece of junk", absolutely, but...
I don't want to medicate every time I go out because I don't usually have a problem and I have had issues with side effects. But every now and then the swell and the circumstances combineÖ and it's too late to take drugs. So I carry one of the old replaceable battery Relief Bands and that takes the edge off - maybe placebo but I don't care as long as it works. I agree that itís not very robust and I have been wondering what to do when mine finally dies - I would gladly pay a higher price for decent quality equivalent.
BTW, as of a week ago, at least one West Marine was selling the ComfortQuest next to the register. First time I knew it existed. There is also one other alternative, i-Trans DM-800 for about $40 and it uses a AAA battery but itís bulky and I think itís only available in teal green. Iíve never tried it.