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  • Mar 18th, 2020 @ 5:39am

    Please everyone, spare the indignation

    That price also has to cover the capital cost of developing the device and getting it approved. Sure, materials might be $1, but that's not the only cost involved. Most of this cost is driven by the Government.

    Also, while desperate times, using unapproved parts opens these providers to huge liabilities should these emergency parts cause a failure. 100% some lawyer has seen this and will be investigating every casualty even remotely related to these parts.

    Finally, I would not be surprised if the original manufacturer declared any device that used these parts is no longer supported/compliant and cannot be used until re-certified.

    Medical devices have much stricter controls than consumer devices for reasons of life and safety. This costs $$$.