MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) urged fellow Republicans to push for the repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax set to go into effect in 2013 during the first Jobs & Innovation Forum this week.
Rodgers called the FDA’s device review process "onerous and inconsistent," calling for fewer unnecessary regulations on med-tech to spur innovation and job-creation.
"American engineers and developers are wary of getting involved with the FDA and are increasingly taking their business overseas first, because they know their product is likely to be active in foreign markets for years before it has a chance of being accessed in the U.S.," Rodgers warned in an editorial published by Healthwatch.
Rodgers, a fourth-term Congresswoman and member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, hosted the forum, which featured a roundtable discussion with House Republicans and medical device companies.
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