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New Bill Seeks Increased Reporting of Defective Medical Devices

Posted on - Monday, September 26, 2016 under Dangerous Drugs & Products New Bill Seeks Increased Reporting of Defective Medical Devices

All too often, it takes hundreds or thousands of health problems, injuries or deaths caused by a dangerous or defective medical device before the device is taken off the market. Usually, defective medical devices are recalled or withdrawn only after reports of problems are made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal authorities. Now, lawmakers and patient safety advocates are pushing new legislation which seeks to increase the reporting of defective medical devices with the hope of saving lives.

The Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016 was introduced in Congress over the summer. If passed, the bill would allow – and in fact require – doctors, surgeons and other health care professionals to report problems with medical devices to the FDA. While it may seem odd that these front-line health care providers don’t have this ability already, it is in fact the case. Currently, only hospitals and device manufacturers have access to the FDA for reporting problems and concerns with medical devices.

Supporters of the proposed law believe that allowing doctors to report problems with devices would help resolve what is widely believed to be a chronic under-reporting of serious complications caused by defective medical devices.

It shouldn’t take the pain and suffering of thousands of Americans before a dangerous medical device is taken off the market. Hopefully, this new law will decrease these unnecessary tragedies and make us all safer.

Parian Law Firm: Experienced Georgia Defective Medical Device Lawyers

At the Parian Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing individuals who have been harmed by defective medical devices. We are committed to holding the manufacturers of defective devices responsible for the damage they cause, and are passionate about obtaining compensation and justice for our clients.

If you or a loved one have questions or concerns about a medical device which you believe has caused you injuries or health problems, please give us a call at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with a member of our staff today. We can discuss your situation, evaluate your potential claim, and advise you of your options. We look forward to assisting you.