Medical Devices: Shortcomings in FDA's Premarket Review, Postmarket Surveillance, and Inspections of Device Manufacturing Establishments: Congressional Testimony

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 22 pages
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Americans depend on FDA to provide assurance that medical devices (MD) sold in the U.S. are safe and effective. FDA classifies MD types into 3 classes, with class I: those with the lowest risk to patients (such as forceps) and class III: those with the greatest risk (such as pacemakers). FDA's responsibilities include premarket and postmarket oversight -- spanning, for ex., both premarket review of MD and postmarket surveillance. These responsibilities apply to all devices marketed in the U.S., regardless of whether they are manufactured domestically or overseas. This testimony relates to FDA's responsibilities for MD, including premarket review, postmarket surveillance, and inspection of manufacturing establishments.

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