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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Thursday, December 13, 2012

End Secrecy, Save Lives: Consumers Union patient stories

Steven Baker profiled by Consumers Union Safe Patient Project.
Information on growing patient harm is suppressed by powerful interests that benefit from underfunded research and regulation.  Taxpayers and consumers deserve to know which medical devices are safe and effective.  (Especially now when joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare!)  Patients deserve to know more about an implant device than they do about a toaster oven they are considering for purchase.  Informed consent must include a discussion about the FDA 510(k) clearance debate and medical device Supreme Court pre-emption (Riegel v Medtronic) and tort reform that weakens patient protections when a device fails.  The epic failures of various ICD's, surgical mesh and metal-on-metal hips were preventable.  The device industry is not entitled to profit without accountability.
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