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BY PLACING AN ORDER THROUGH B12RX.COM YOU FREELY, AND WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THESE TERM OF USE DO HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE MEDICAL STAFF AT B12RX.COM TO CONDUCT AN EVALUATION AND TO DEVELOP A TREATMENT PLAN FOR YOU. YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE BEING TREATED BY A MARYLAND PHYSICIAN AND THE PRODUCTS THAT YOU RECEIVE ARE BEING SUPPLIED BY LICENSED MARYLAND PROVIDERS AND PHARMACISTS.
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Vitamin Injections are for adults only. There are certain cases where the doctor may initiate a vitamin injection protocol for children only after direct communication with a legal guardian on a case by case basis.
DO NOT DILUTE OR MIX B12RX.COM INJECTIONS WITH ANY OTHER VITAMINS OR SUBSTANCES. MIXING CAN CHANGE THE COMPOSITION OF THE INJECTION AND LEAD TO RISKS WHICH COULD BE SERIOUS.
Do not change your DOSING without talking with a doctor. The most common side effect of B12RX.COM Injections are local skin reactions. Some may experience brief flushing sensation. If there are any redness that does not resolve with local application or ice or cool compresses call your doctor. Some may experience itching, redness, or rash at the injection site.
NEEDLES MUST NOT BE SHARED Disposable syringes and needles should be used only once. Used syringe and needle should be placed in sharps containers (such as red biohazard containers), hard plastic containers (such as detergent bottles), or metal containers (such as an empty coffee can). Such containers should be sealed and disposed of properly.
You can keep most of the B12RX.COM Injections at room temperature (below 86°F [30°C]) but away from direct light. SOME INJECTIONS MAY NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU LOOK AT THE PACKAGING. If you are not sure whether it needs to be refrigerated, place it in the refrigerator until you have spoken to a B12RX.COM Representative. Do no use any injections or vials that arrive opened or damage. Do not use any syringes that are not sealed.
BY PLACING AN ORDER THROUGH B12RX.COM YOU FREELY, AND WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THIS CONSENT AND ITS TERMS DO HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE MEDICAL STAFF AT B12RX.COM TO CONDUCT AN EVALUATION AND TO DEVELOP A TREATMENT PLAN FOR YOU. YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE BEING TREATED BY A MARYLAND PHYSICIAN AND THE PRODUCTS THAT YOU RECEIVE ARE BEING SUPPLIED BY LICENSED MARYLAND PROVIDERS AND PHARMACISTS.
TRUTHFUL AND COMPLETE MEDICAL DISCLOSURE BY PATIENT. YOU WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED ALL MY MEDICAL INFORMATION TO THE TREATING PHYSICIAN(S) AT B12RX.COM. YOU WARRANT THAT ALL OF YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED TO B12RX.COM IS COMPLETE, AND TRUE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
INFORMED CONSENT: YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE ONE OR MORE FORMS OF THERAPY FOR ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BY ORAL, BY INJECTION OR OTHER SUITABLE DELIVERY ROUTE. IT IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY TO RECEIVE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION BY INJECTION HOWEVER, IN THOSE INSTANCES WHERE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION IS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY YOU THROUGH INJECTION, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT (1) THE CONDITION FOR WHICH THE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION IS RECOMMENDED, (2) THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION BY THE INJECTABLE ROUTE, (3) THE POTENTIAL RISKS AND BENEFITS OF RECEIVING ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION BY THE INJECTABLE ROUTE, (4) THE POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES TO THE PROPOSED INJECTION OF THE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION, AND (5) THE POSSIBLE RISKS OF RECEIVING THE ENERGY AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION BY INJECTION.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS THAT MAY OCCUR WITH INJECTION THERAPY. BY PLACING AN ORDER THROUGH B12RX.COM YOU HAVE AGREED THAT THESE RISKS HAVE BEEN EXPLAINED TO YOU INCLUDING THOSE NOTED ON THE SIDE-EFFECT PROFILE AND THE RECEIPT OF WHICH YOU ACKNOWLEDGE.
RISK OF INFECTION: WHENEVER A NEEDLE IS INTRODUCED THROUGH THE SKIN TO DELIVER AN INJECTABLE SUBSTANCE, INHERENT RISKS ARE PRESENT EVEN IF ALL MEDICALLY SOUND PRACTICES ARE FOLLOWED WITH RESPECT TO ADMINISTERING A STERILE INJECTION. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THIS RISK IS VERY SMALL, BUT IT STILL EXISTS. REDNESS AND SWELLING ARE THE EARLY SIGNS OF INFECTION. ANY REDNESS OR SWELLING SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID THE MORE SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS OF SEPSIS (BACTERIA IN THE BLOOD STREAM) OR OSTEOMYELITIS (INFECTION OF THE BONE).
RISK OF PUNCTURE OF NERVES, ARTERIES, OR VEINS: THIS RISK VARIES GREATLY ON THE AREA OF INJECTION. WHEN SMALL INJECTIONS ARE MADE IN SUB-CUTANEOUS TISSUE OR IN A LARGE MUSCLE, THIS RISK IS VERY SMALL. IN OTHER AREAS WHERE THESE STRUCTURES ARE LARGER AND RUNNING TOGETHER, THE RISK IS INCREASED. A NERVE MAY BE PERMANENTLY DAMAGED OR BLEEDING MAY OCCUR WITH PUNCTURE OF A VEIN OR ARTERY. B12RX.COM SUPPLIES ONLY SUB-CUTANEOUS INJECTIONS.
RISK OF PUNCTURE OF A LUNG OR VITAL ORGAN: INJECTIONS IN THE AREA OF THE CHEST COULD PUNCTURE A LUNG IN WHICH THE SERIOUS COMPLICATION OF A TENSION PNEUMOTHORAX COULD OCCUR. IN THIS CONDITION THE LUNG LEAKS AIR INTO THE LUNG CAVITY PROGRESSIVELY COMPRESSING THE HEART AND LUNG. THE PERSON BECOMES SHORT OF BREATH, WHICH CAN ADVANCE TO DEATH IF UNTREATED. PUNCTURE OF OTHER VITAL ORGANS IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY AND DEPENDS ON THE SITE OF INJECTION. WHEN SMALL INJECTIONS ARE MADE IN SUB-CUTANEOUS TISSUE OR IN A LARGE MUSCLE, THIS RISK IS VERY SMALL. B12RX.COM SUPPLIES ONLY SUB-CUTANEOUS INJECTIONS.
RISK OF ALLERGIC REACTION TO INJECTED SUBSTANCE: YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO ENERGY BOOSTERS AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS EXISTS. AN ALLERGIC REACTION IS USUALLY HIVES, BUT A LUNG REACTION COULD OCCUR WITH SEVERE SHORTNESS OF BREATH, OR THE MOST SERIOUS REACTION OF ANAPHYLAXIS. IN ANAPHYLAXIS THERE IS THE ACUTE ONSET OF SHOCK, AND THIS IS A SERIOUS LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY THAT COULD RESULT IN DEATH.
SITE OF INJECTION: THE RISKS OF INJECTION THERAPY DEPENDS ON THE SITE OF WHERE INJECTION IS GIVEN TOGETHER WITH THE INJECTABLE FORMULATION AND ITS INGREDIENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE INJECTION IS ADMINISTERED IN SUB-CUTANEOUS TISSUE OR IN A LARGE MUSCLE, THE RISK OF HITTING A VITAL ORGAN IS REDUCED. HOWEVER, IF AN INJECTION IS ADMINISTERED NEAR A NERVE OR NEAR A NEUROVASCULAR BUNDLE (WHERE NERVES, VEINS, AND/OR ARTERIES MAY TRAVEL TOGETHER) THERE IS A GREATER RISK OF INJURY. AS ANOTHER EXAMPLE, AN INJECTION ADMINISTERED IN THE VICINITY OF THE LUNGS PRESENTS A GREATER RISK OF DIRECTLY INJURING OR DAMAGING A LUNG OR LUNG COMPONENT. B12RX.COM SUPPLIES ONLY SUB-CUTANEOUS INJECTIONS.
DISPOSAL: YOU UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU UNDERGO INJECTION THERAPY THAT YOU MUST PLACE THE USED NEEDLES, SYRINGES, CARTRIDGES, AND/OR SINGLE-USE INJECTOR PENS IN A BIOHAZARD/SHARP CONTAINER FOR MEDICAL WASTE, WHICH IS PUNCTURE PROOF. THESE MAY BE OBTAINED AT A PHARMACY OR FROM B12RX.COM. YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT REUSE NEEDLES, SYRINGES, CARTRIDGES, SINGLE-USE INJECTOR PENS, OR ALCOHOL PADS. YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS KEEP SYRINGES, INJECTION SUPPLIES, AND DISPOSAL CONTAINERS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. IF YOU CHOOSE TO DISPOSE OF NEEDLES ON YOUR OWN YOU WILL CONTACT YOUR TOWN OR CITY ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE DEPARTMENT ON HOW TO DISPOSE OF YOUR BIOHAZARD CONTAINERS. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THESE LAWS VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
UNSURE OR UNCERTAIN WITH ANY ASPECT OF SELF-INJECTION: YOUR HEREBY AGREE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANY PART OF ANY SELF-ADMINISTERED (CURRENT OR FUTURE) THERAPY, INJECTION THERAPY, TECHNIQUE, PRODUCT, OR ANY OTHER FACTOR, YOU ARE TO CONTACT YOUR TREATING PHYSICIAN BEFORE SELF-ADMINISTERING ANY INJECTION THERAPY OR ANY MEDICAL THERAPY. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WILL SEEK IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FROM A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM IF AT ANYTIME YOU FEEL SUFFICIENTLY UNWELL DURING YOUR TREATMENT PERIOD (SELF-INJECTION OR OTHERWISE).
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