Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sign Consumers Union Petition: Medical Device Safety


If a car's recalled for faulty brakes, it'd be absurd to use the same brake design in new cars without testing them for safety, right? Now what about faulty heart valves or hip replacements?

This week, Congress is voting on rules that will determine the safety of medical devices -- and the current bill is full of loopholes that industry lobbyists want. Tell your lawmakers to demand stronger safety for medical devices --before they're implanted in our bodies »

Right now, most high-risk devices are cleared through an FDA fast-track process. In most cases, this process doesn't require evidence of clinical safety tests before the device is sold. Instead, manufacturers can simply show that their device is similar to another device that was recalled for a safety problem!
Recent large-scale failures of hip replacements, surgical mesh and cardiac defibrillators have led to tens of thousands of American deaths and injuries. We should beimproving our safety rules -- not giving a green light to fatal shortcuts.

Join me in telling Congress that we are not test subjects. Demand stronger regulations on medical devices! »
Thanks for taking action,

Care2 Campaign Team

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