Device Week, June 29, 2018 – Updates From US Congress And The Courts
On this week's podcast, we discuss medtech matters that are on the radar of US lawmakers, and issues that are coming up in the courts.
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Three patients have filed suit against Medtronic in recent weeks alleging they were injured by malfunctioning surgical staplers made by the company. The lawsuits add to recent scrutiny of the device type’s safety.
The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill on 16 January to implement the US-Mexico-Canada agreement, which includes a new chapter on the handling of medical devices supported by the medtech industry.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is conducting a review on treatments for acute pain and is asking device manufacturers and other organizations to supply it with studies on nonpharmacological therapies to control pain, including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound, heat- and cold-producing devices, and acupuncture.