Faulty Medical Devices Part II: Reforms on the Horizon

February 4th, 2019
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In our previous blog, we examined a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which indicates faulty medical devices have played a role in 83,000 deaths and 1.7 million injuries worldwide in the last 10 years. In that piece, we also looked at promises from the FDA to revise and improve the approval process for surgical implants and other medical technology.

The Scope of the Problem

According to Fortune Magazine, the FDA is poised to overhaul the current system used to approve surgical implants and medical devices before they are released to the market. The existing system—with few clinical trials and limited centrally held evidence—has failed to detect problems in many medical devices in circulation and led to many patient injuries.

For reference, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has published a searchable database of 70,000 device notices, alerts, and recalls so patients can view the safety records of particular devices.

The Current System

The existing approval system depends heavily on a new device’s similarity to older, existing technology. An overhaul of the process will place a stronger emphasis on clinical testing. With a new process in place, the FDA hopes to create “a more robust medical device safety net for patients through better data,” adding: “Unfortunately, the FDA cannot always know the full extent of the benefits and risks of a device before it reaches the market.”

The Intended Overhaul

Almost 20% of medical devices in current use are based on technology that is over 10 years old. With a revised approval process, the FDA hopes to encourage device manufacturers to develop emerging products based on technologies 10 years old or less—and may publish a list of medical devices based on older technologies in the name of consumer safety. FDA authorities emphasize the need to incorporate new and better technology, hoping device makers can manufacture surgical implants and medical devices which are safer and more effective.

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