Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017
Sales and Use Tax Annotations
425.0000 PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES—Regulation 1591
(b) SPECIFIC ITEMS CLASSIFIED.
425.0907 Urinary Incontinence Products (Female). The Innova female urinary incontinence product causes involuntary contractions of the pelvic musculature and urinary sphincter in order to treat or cure incontinence. This device is composed of an externally worn, microprocessor-based electrical neuromuscular stimulator that activates a tampon-like vaginal electrode worn internally. While these devices are not akin to TENS units, they do qualify as prosthetic devices if they are fully worn on the body of the user. Typically, a TENS unit is designed to relieve pain through the use of electrical impulses which are emitted from the unit directly to the area of the body in which the patient is experiencing pain. By contrast, the female urinary incontinence device appears to assist the vaginal sphincter in performing its natural function, staying closed in order to retain urine, and opening to evacuate the bladder under the control of the patient. This use fits precisely the regulatory definition. The Liberty Female Urinary Incontinence Product, if fully worn on the body of the user, is thus a prosthetic device within the meaning of Regulation 1591(b)(5) with the result that furnishing such products to patients pursuant to the written order of a licensed physician is not subject to tax. (Regulation 1591(I).) 10/4/96.