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Senate proposes new safety requirements for reusable devices

Senate proposes new safety requirements for reusable devices
February 9, 2016

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today favorably reported a bill requiring manufacturers of reusable medical devices like duodenoscopes to submit cleaning instructions and validation data to the FDA before bringing these devices to market. The bill also seeks to clarify FDA guidance on when manufacturers should seek clearance from the agency before marketing their products.

Between 2012 and 2015, there were 25 incidents of drug-resistant infections related to closed-channel duodenoscopes, affecting 250 patients worldwide, according to a recent report.

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Legislators ask for national surveillance of neurological illnesses

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee today recommended the establishment of a national surveillance system for neurological diseases.The objective of the “Advancing…
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Senate proposes EHR fix for physicians, patients

February 9, 2016
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions unanimously recommended a measure today that would improve the use of electronic health records for…
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New bill supports young researchers

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee recommended a bill today that would improve opportunities for new researchers in the United States. The “Next Generation Researchers…
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Senate committee proposes easier approval process for medical devices

February 9, 2016
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions favorably reported a measure today that would reduce regulatory hurdles for the approval of medical…
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