On September 19, 2013, the House Medical Technology Caucus and The Pew Charitable Trusts held a briefing on how the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) new unique device identifier (UDI) system can improve patient care. Speakers discussed the implementation of FDA's new rule, as well as incorporation of UDI into healthcare delivery, particularly patients’ medical records, supply chain logistics and insurance claims.More info
"Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR) must study rates of organ damage and complications linked to vaginal mesh implants, U.S. regulators said, responding to patient advocates who say the devices have harmed women.
The Food and Drug Administration wrote J&J, C.R. Bard and 31 other manufacturers, telling them to conduct three years of trials on safety and effectiveness, the agency’s William Maisel said yesterday in a telephone interview. An FDA report in July found a fivefold jump in deaths, injuries or malfunctions tied to the products.
Almost 300,000 synthetic meshes were implanted in U.S. women in 2010 to treat incontinence or shore up pelvic muscles, the agency estimates. The devices’ alleged failures have spurred more than 650 lawsuits against manufacturers and heightened scrutiny of the FDA program that cleared the products for sale without human testing."Full Article
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of medical devices, with certain exceptions, to place a unique identifier on the label of medical devices. Some medical devices would also need to be directly marked with the unique identifier.More info
"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."More info
"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."More info
On September 12, Four House Democrats sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calling for the release of long overdue regulations on unique device identifiers (UDI). Their message emphasized that a device identification system will enable the FDA to more quickly identify devices with safety problems and then swiftly correct or pull them from the market.More info
Five prominent health systems, known as The Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), sent a letter to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget urging a prompt review of the unique device identifier (UDI) rule. Like Pew, HTG believes further delay of the rule’s release will impair the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to conduct important surveillance of medical devices.More info
"Medical groups and patient advocates are clamoring for the FDA to release a final rule requiring most medical devices distributed in the U.S. to carry a unique alphanumeric code allowing for better information tracking."More info
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Premier healthcare alliance sent the White House Office of Management and Budget a letter regarding the review of a Food and Drug Administration rule to establish a unique device identifier (UDI) system. Given the importance of this new device identification system to improve patient care and the missed statutory deadline, in this correspondence Josh Rising of Pew and Blair Childs of Premier strongly urged the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to promptly complete review of the UDI final rule.More info
'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."More info
A letter from Josh Rising, director of Pew's Medical Device Initiative, about updates on the unique device identifier system.More info
The three co-chairs of the New Democrat Health Care task Force – Reps. Allyson Schwartz, Kurt Schrader and Bill Owens – sent FDA a letter inquiring about the status of the agency’s final regulations to establish a unique device identifier (UDI) system and database.More info