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Be Aware of Look-alike MedicAlert® Bracelets

This handout is published by MedicAlert®. Their web site is at

Copy cat bracelets
"Medical" bracelets found in jewelry stores or sometimes in pharmacies are not backed-up by the identification and information service MedicAlert® provides, nor are they linked to a 24-hour emergency hotline.  Therefore in emergencies, health care providers do not have access to any information other than the simple generic information on the look-alike bracelets.  More importantly, jewelers and engravers are not trained to use medical terminology and errors can easily be made in engraving (for example, even a misspelling of a drug can make a big difference).

Membership benefits
Only MedicAlert® provides lifetime membership and the comprehensive protection of a bracelet or necklet custom engraved with medical conditions, a member ID number and a 24-hour emergency hotline number.  Members also receive free lifetime updates of medical records and a wallet card with additional information.  The lifetime membership fee is $50-$60 depending on local taxes  (1999) (Actual cost is around $400- Webmaster insert).

What happens in an emergency?
First responders and health care professionals look for genuine MedicAlert® bracelets, read the information engraved on the back and begin working immediately.  They can call the toll-free, 24-hour emergency hotline (telephone number also engraved on the back, along with the member's ID number) to instantly receive a comprehensive and confidential report from a member's computerized file.  A member file can be provided to paramedics, firemen, police, physicians and nurses in less than two minutes.  The hotline can be accessed anywhere in the world, in 140 languages.

Accurate information through MedicAlert®
MedicAlert® staff have the medical terminology knowledge and experience to work with each member to ensure medical information is always accurate.  Member records are also updated by our specially trained staff.  By using an ident other than one provided by MedicAlert®, one cannot be assured of the full and necessary protection.  Wearing a "copycat" bracelet may also place individuals at risk because medical personnel are trained to look for genuine MedicAlert® bracelets and necklets.  Only MedicAlert® has an extensive system for the verification of the medical information engraved on the back of each ident (bracelet or necklet).

Registered Trademark
MedicAlert's® logo and symbol have been registered trademarks in Canada since 1961 and are therefore protected by law.  Our products meet specific standards for strength and durability.

Terms of Use: The information on this site does not constitute medical advice and is for your general information only. We cannot be held responsible for anything you could possibly do or say because of information on this site.   Consult your family physician or allergist for specific questions or concerns. 


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