Medical device makers gain political momentum

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER and JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 27, 2012 - 3:33 PM

Consumer safety proponents press for tougher standards while firms want faster approvals.

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explanthisFeb. 26, 12 3:47 PM

The profit of the entitled medical device industry is prevailing over patient safety. Congress: rather adding the conflicting "job creation" mission to the FDA, please require surgeons to advise all U.S. citizens/patients that there is effectively no regulation of implanted medical devices. The quote by Harvard researcher Eric Cambell sums it up: "The first thing people have to realize is that they (medical device industry) make a product to sell a product." Citizens are confused because they believe that the purpose of the government is to protect them from this kind of exploitation. Silly us!

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janeakreFeb. 26, 1211:03 PM

Thanks to reporters Spencer and Walsh for an excellent summary of what industry wants and intends to get with the help of lawmakers. It is frightening when they so blatantly carry water for their 'constituents' that being corporations, who according to the Supreme Court increasingly have the rights of actual humans. I report on those actually injured by defective medical devices at http://meshmedicaldevicenewsdesk.com. They are not just numbers- these are actual people, just like you and me, and their injuries are devastating and permanent. Even if you don't think it will happen to you - consider that these disabled people can't hold jobs. Your taxes and higher insurance pay for the injuries from defective devices and dozens of surgeries to try and make them whole. Would the industry be so healthy if these actually costs were considered?

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