MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Minnesota legislators penned a letter to FDA head Margaret Hamburg pushing for a faster and simpler review process for medical devices.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Al Franken (D) were joined by Reps. Erik Paulsen (R), Betty McCollumn (D), John Kline (R) and Michelle Bachman (R) in raising concerns over "increased review times, inconsistent expectations, and poor communication from the FDA."
The Minnesota legislators were joined by 35 other members of Congress in signing the letter, which suggested four areas for improvement in the watchdog agency’s review process:
- Recognizing and correcting the disparity between "FDA time" versus real time when tracking device approvals
- Considering potential benefits of harmonization with international testing standards
- Addressing the unintended consequences of the conflict of interest rules for advisory panels
- Creating a transparent tracking and review system for applications and clearance decisions
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