Josh Rising

Director, Medical Devices , The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Dr. Josh Rising is the director of Pew's medical device initiative, which seeks to facilitate innovation of certain new medical devices and to strengthen medical devices by improving the tracking of their safety once they are on the market.

Before joining Pew, Rising helped establish the Office of Policy in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.  He also served as health policy analyst for the Connecticut legislature, with a focus on issues of healthcare access, Medicaid policy, health IT and healthcare quality.  He also served as legislative affairs director for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). 

He received his M.D. and his M.P.H. at Boston University, completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco and trained for a year as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.  He has published in peer-reviewed literature on, among other topics, children with special health care needs and the expansion of a county-run health insurance program.


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Reuters: U.S. FDA Issues Final Rule on Medical Device Identifier Codes

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"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a long-awaited rule on Friday requiring companies to include codes on medical devices that will allow regulators to track the products, monitor them for safety and expedite recalls."


AP: FDA Requires Unique Codes to Track Medical Devices, Improve Recalls and Patient Safety

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"Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier."


''Move Forward on Medical Device Tracking''


'You may not yet depend on a pacemaker, defibrillator, stent, joint implant or any of the other life-­changing, potentially lifesaving products made by the medical device industry. But chances are you or a family member will be a patient some day.  That’s why it isn’t just the medical device industry that has a stake in the timely rollout of a long-overdue national system to better track the safety and whereabouts of devices once they’re on the market or in use."


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Letter from Pew: Release of the Unique Device Identifier Final Rule

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A letter from Josh Rising — director of Pew's Medical Device Initiative — to The White House Office of Management and Budget, requesting a speedy review of regulations to develop a unique device identifier (UDI) system. More

Letter from Pew: Updates on the Unique Device Identifier System

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A letter from Josh Rising, director of Pew's Medical Device Initiative, about updates on the unique device identifier system.


Letter from Pew to FDA on Postmarket Surveillance Plan

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FDA recently updated the national medical device postmarket surveillance plan – listing device identification and registries as the cornerstones for effective product monitoring. In this letter, medical devices director Josh Rising applauds the agency for making unique device identifiers and registries central to this plan.

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