Easing The Current Medical Device Regulations Puts Lives In Jeopardy
Ideas are being floated past Congress to allow medical device manufacturers more time to report problems with their products. As of right now, these companies must inform the FDA of problems within 30 days. Meanwhile, the proposal involves allowing up to 90 days for details on incidents to become recorded. Many consumers feel as if the current restrictions do not sufficiently protect users from the dangers associated with rushing these products to the market, and the new ideas may put even more lives in jeopardy.
For-profit organizations are all about monetary gain, which is a necessity for them to survive, but giving them too much freedom with items that affect public safety, could very well become a recipe for disaster. Representatives from the industry insist that the three-month window will do nothing but eliminate needless bureaucracy, but with so much at stake like injuries and loss of life, is this self-policing strategy worth the risks?
Turmoil Surrounding The Healthcare Industry
The Trump administration has made it abundantly clear that it intends to make life easier for drug makers and device manufacturers, and they even want these companies to pay for the reviews of their products, which are performed by the FDA. The new health care proposal faltered in Congress recently, and it seems to lose more and more supporters continually. The view among much of society is that our health care system is in a state of uncertainty, and with no clear-cut alternative in sight, it may remain that way for quite some time.
An Example Of Deceit That Has Affected Many Lives
The Takata corporation pleaded guilty to knowingly manufacturing and distributing defective air bags, and while these units are not medical devices, they do affect public safety. This example shows how a for-profit organization can become corrupted by money, even when something as precious as life is at stake. Is it not possible for the same fate to bestow the medical device industry? The answer is yes it is possible, but the question is not will incidents as these occur, but rather when will they happen?
Problems with products like Essure, blood clot filters, and defibrillators have proven that the current rules may not be sufficient to keep us safe. Rather than lessening regulations, maybe stricter ones need to be put in place to prevent deaths and serious injuries from occurring. Money is considered the root of all evil by many people, and as long as it remains a determining factor in how companies regard the public, giving them the power to police themselves could affect the lives of millions of Americans. No one knows if the risks are worth the rewards until results from a trial and error period have become recorded, but consider writing your state representative about your concerns to voice your opinions on the matter.
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