O2’s Petty criticizes FAA brand-naming

Thursday, September 30, 2004

WASHINGTON - When the FAA on July 14 proposed a rule in the Federal Register that would let oxygen users carry their own portable oxygen concentrators on board, the agency singled out AirSep’s Lifestyle Concentrator. The FAA is still evaluating the Inogen One. At least one commentator on the proposed rule thinks the FAA shouldn’t be naming names. “The approval of one particular manufacturer’s device is inappropriate,” said Dr. Tom Petty, a pulmonary physician who is widely regarded as the Father of Home Oxygen (See HME News, July 2004). “The Inogen One should also be approved for this purpose, and the regulation should list minimum qualifications of devices in this sector, not any brand name device.”