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Medical Device Safety versus Corporate Profits

The news is full of stories of malfunctioning devices and dangerous drugs that injure or kill patients and are on the market because of a lax approval process. Reports to the government of device-related injuries and deaths are up dramatically. Right now, Congress is considering sweeping changes to the way the industry is overseen, as part of a process that occurs every five years to reauthorize user fees that the drug and device makers pay the Food and Drug Administration to review their products for the market. But instead of considering improvements to device and drug safety, more often than not, lawmakers have endorsed industry-backed changes that could lead to more dangerous devices and drugs being given to patients, and therefore, more injuries and deaths.

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