New tracking system proposed to help recall faulty devices

A miter saw, decorative lights, socks for toddlers—these were a few of the consumer goods recalled off of shelves across the US last month because they posed a danger to users. Recalling faulty pacemakers or catheters is much more difficult, however, because no system exists for tracking medical devices on the market. In an effort to remedy that and boost consumer safety, on 3 July the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlined plans to create a new comprehensive monitoring system for medical devices.

[Read more at Nature Medicine (paywall) or download PDF // August 6, 2012]

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