“The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it will collaborate with medical device manufacturers on a public-private partnership designed to speed up the development of new medical technology,” reported CBS News last week.
A nonprofit group named Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) was formed to improve the approval process of medical devices. This process is currently slow, complex and sometimes doesn’t even require clinical trials. This organization’s mission aims to speed up, simplify and ensure the quality of medical device testing. Minnesota-based LifeScience Alley founded this new consortium.
Since most medical device companies are small businesses, their budgets and staff don’t allow for extensive research and testing. This new agency, the MDIC, will procure high quality information and research from the government, industry and academia.
The new group reported that 17% of Americans currently are living with an implanted medical device of some sort. That is too high of a percentage to take testing these implanted devices lightly.
So what does this mean for consumers? It means that with this new nonprofit in place, we may have easier access to more efficiently and thoroughly tested medical devices. This would save the pain of dealing with faulty transvaginal mesh procedures or complications with metal-on-metal hip replacements. This could save medical device consumers thousands of dollars in lawsuits and years of suffering and pain.
At Borchardt Law Firm, we hope that if you or a loved one has experienced pain or toil from a faulty medical device you know whom to call. As personal injury law experts, you can turn to us and file your claim because you have legal rights. Don’t let medical device manufacturers get the best of you – if you have been wronged, give us a call.
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