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Greg Webb

Unsafe Medical Devices- The Duodenoscope and Infections

Last year the FDA reported a total of 142 patients infected with the antibiotic-resistant infection linked to procedures using duodenoscopes. A study just released by the US Senate found reports of at least 250 infected patients in the United States […]

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Insurance Companies Take a Hit When Medical Devices Fail

A recent Reuters’ article reported that when a medical device fails, insurance companies often have to pay the bill. This problem has moved insurers, like Aetna Inc., the nation’s…

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St. Jude Medical's Riata Leads May Have Problems with Insulation

A recent article in The Washington Post once again has called attention to the fact that Riata and Riata ST leads may cause problems for patients and for St. Jude Medical Inc. (SJM) of St. Paul,…

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St. Jude Medical Recalls Pain Management Batteries

St. Jude Medical (SJM) on July 31, 2012, alerted doctors and patients that SJM was recalling some of its Eon and Eon Mini pain management implants.[1] SJM received more than 300 reports of…

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FDA to Hear About Replacement Medical Devices

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was slated to begin two days of hearings to learn better ways to understand and track the risks of all-metal hip replacement devices. The…

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Medical Device Loophole Puts Patients At Risk Says Consumers Union

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration “does not have the power under current law to require device makers to prove they have fixed design flaws when they want to sell a new device based on…

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Does the FDA Know Your Medical Device ID?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tracks prescription drugs using a medicine’s unique code. Some devices that are implanted in patients have identification numbers also, such as heart…

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Expert Advice Sought By FDA on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implantation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is soliciting advice from scientific and medical experts outside the FDA to evaluate recent information on the metal-on-metal hip implant devices in order…

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate Bill Aims to Make Medical Devices Safer

Recently, four U.S. Senators from both parties came together to introduce Senate bill 2193, Ensuring Safe Medical Devices for Patients Act, in an effort to strengthen the U.S. Food and Drug…

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Consumer Reports Criticizes FDA Medical Device Approval Process

Consumer Reports, the organization behind the magazine famous for its “Best and Worst Cars” annual issue, now is taking issue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval…