DRX-9000 07 Jun 2007 06:58 pm
Seems the DRX9000 spinal decompression table is back in the news again. Turns out that Axiom Worldwide, the manufacturer of the DRX, is now under investigation by the FBI.
I don’t have a lot of details on this yet, but here is a news story that ran on March 8, 2007:
FBI Raids Medical Supply Business
By KEITH MORELLI
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – Agents from the FBI raided Axiom Worldwide this morning, carrying boxes and bags to a large white van parked in a disabled parking spot in front of the business.
They said nothing about the investigation or what they were confiscating.
Axiom Worldwide is a medical supply manufacturing and delivery business that is located at 9423 Corporate Lakes Drive, just north of the Anderson Road ramp to the Veterans Expressway.
Morelli goes on to write:
The flagship product of the business is a device that is sold to doctors who treat back pain. The spinal decompression table is designed to relieve lower back pain, according to the company’s Web site.
Telephone calls to Axiom, which designs, which also builds and delivers other non-surgical instruments, went unanswered during the raid.
Rumor has it that the allegations leveled against Axiom are:
- Axiom instructs DRX 9000 clinic owners how to defraud insurance companies in the training manuals that come with the machine.
- Axiom provides false advertising materials … in the form of slick infomercials and print advertising … as part of the DRX-9000 package.
- Claims of FDA approval are distorted and misrepresented as a selling point in the commercials. The truth is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never evaluated the machine for safety or effectiveness. As it turns out, the DRX was grandfathered in because it is similar to other traction tables and, therefore, considered an existing medical device.
- The claim by Axiom that their machine is based on NASA research is a total fabrication. NASA has never played a part in the development of the DRX or any other spinal decompression machine.
For more on the legal troubles surrounding the DRX, be sure to read my earlier post: DRX 9000 Under Investigation.
And also be sure to check out the forum discussions on this topic including this one: DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression Unit.
There have been quite a few infomercials running in the media lately for various spinal decompression machines with trade names such as “VAX-D” … “IDD” … “DRX-9000” … just to name a few.
Naturally, this has led to several discussions in the Rebuilder’s Forum asking the obvious question, “Do they actually work?”
Virginia Hennessey, a reporter for the Monterey Herald, recently filed a report that may just shed a little light on that question for us:
Bogus back claims draw penalties
Chiropractors face fines for advertising treatment with questionable spinal-traction device
By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Salinas Bureau
Local prosecutors have won injunctions and civil penalties against two Central Coast chiropractors and are asking anyone who was treated with a questionable spinal-traction device to notify their office.
Prosecutor John Hubanks said the chiropractors, Charles Strong and Tony Hoang, anonymously advertised in local newspapers offering a free report to consumers regarding the DRX-9000, an “FDA approved medical technology” that offered an “86 percent success rate for treating debilitating back pain without surgery.”
From the beginning, I’ve been skeptical of these decompression clinics and the exaggerated claims they make. So I was not surprised when the one in Springfield quietly disappeared awhile back.
And I’m also not the least bit surprised to learn that the authorities are now starting to crack down on these outfits.
The deceptive ads claimed the DRX-9000 was an effective treatment for multiple herniated disks and sciatica and was based on “an accidental NASA discovery” that outer space quickly and easily solved most back pain. In fact, Hubanks said, NASA has determined space travel has a detrimental impact on the spine.
Hubanks said the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit demanded substantiation of the claims from the chiropractors and the device’s distributor, Axiom Worldwide Inc., but has received none. He said a multi-agency task force is investigating avenues of possible civil and criminal actions against the company.
Hennessey goes on to write:
Strong, a Watsonville chiropractor, was fined $25,000 for violating false-advertising laws.
Hoang of Monterey was also fined $25,000, but $17,000 of his fine was suspended, Hubanks said, because of his cooperation with prosecutors.
One thing I find particularly disturbing is that the people purchasing these machines and launching these false advertising campaigns don’t even bother finding out if there is any truth to the claims before they start selling the program to the unsuspecting public.
“He (Dr. Huang) worked with us immediately when he realized the advertising couldn’t be substantiated,” said Hubanks. “My understanding is a media kit was provided at the time of sale of these devices.”
Boggles the mind doesn’t it?
I mean this guy waited until he had egg on his face before finally evaluating the product he was treating people with.
Hubanks (the prosecuting attorney) said he was particularly worried about the elderly and those without health insurance paying exorbitant fees for the treatment, which may aggravate their painful conditions.
Time will tell if we are going to be seeing more of these clinics facing prosecution for false advertising. It’s pretty clear from this article that they do not live up to the hype.
I believe it would be a mistake to read too much into this story.
The mere fact that these clinics — and the manufacturer of these machines — appear to be intentionally misleading the public should not in anyway be construed to imply that the theory and technology behind decompression is invalid.
Traction and decompression techniques have been used for years to treat back pain and research in this area is ongoing. So before you make up your mind, be sure to read what our forum members are saying about the DRX here: DRX-9000 Spinal Decompression Unit.
Last Updated: June 7, 2007