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Consumers Union to Testify for Stronger Medical Device Safety Oversight at House Hearing Today
Date:2/15/2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lisa Swirsky, senior health policy analyst for Consumers Union, will urge Congress today to strengthen medical device safety oversight in testimony before the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee.  The subcommittee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act beginning at 10:15 AM in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Recent safety problems with metal hip implants and surgical mesh have underscored how lax federal oversight of medical devices fails to protect patients.  Consumers Union has called on Congress to require more rigorous testing before medical implants are allowed on the market and to establish a better system for monitoring devices after approval, including a national system for notifying doctors and patients when safety problems come to light.

"Congress has the opportunity to fix a flawed system that allows too many unsafe medical devices to enter the market," said Lisa Swirsky, senior health policy analyst for Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.    "But so far, the debate in Washington has been all about how to make it easier for industry to rush new devices to the market without addressing the need to protect patients from potential safety hazards.  Americans are counting on lawmakers to strengthen the law to ensure timely access to new medical devices without sacrificing patient safety."

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