WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The House is scheduled to vote on the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act today. The House bill is weaker than similar legislation passed by the Senate last week. Neither bill includes important provisions needed to protect patients from unsafe medical devices, according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.
"The FDA is hamstrung by a weak medical device law that leaves patients at risk of serious injury and even death," said Lisa Swirsky, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union. "While both bills include some provisions that will improve the FDA's ability to track devices once they are on the market, only the Senate offers a provision that may improve safety before devices reach consumers. Both bills lack key consumer protections needed to help ensure devices are safe and effective before, not after, patients use them."
The House bill does not include a number of important provisions that were included in the Senate legislation last week:
Neither the House nor the Senate bill include a number of critical patient safety protections, including:
For more details on these important patient safety provisions, see Consumers Union's news release on last week's Senate vote on the FDA Safety and Innovation Act.
|SOURCE Consumers Union|
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