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Medical Device update

Carl Heneghan
Last edited 22nd May 2011

Here is an update to the weeks reporting on the research published on medical devices in the UK by CEBMblog in the BMJ

Lack of clinical data for medical devices is putting patients' lives at risk
The Guardian - Carl Heneghan - ‎May 16, 2011‎
Medical device recalls are rising, yet manufacturers are not willing show clinical data related to the recalls. read more

Doctors call for tougher rules on devices. By Andrew Jack of the Financial TImes. May 16 2011

Europe’s regulatory system for medical devices such as heart valves and diagnostic imaging equipment should be tougher, more centralised and transparent to improve patient safety, leading doctors warn. read more

Paul Flynn MP
In 1993 I had a debate that I could now dust down and repeat in the House of Commons without changing a word.

It would still be relevant. Then it concentrated on the racket in marketing hip prostheses. There were 60 on the market then. One was different to all the others because it was blue. One had been used on thousands of patients and failed them all within four years. Tomorrow the BMJ and Channel 4's Dispatches renew that attack. read more

Early day motion 1819 as a parliamentarty question

That this House thanks Channel Four Dispatches and the British Medical Journal for revealing that defective UK regulations in the use of medical devices are exposing patients to suffering serious injury or worse; is concerned to learn that Suzanne Ludgate of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says she was appalled at how many devices are brought to market with a lack of appropriate clinical data; notes that recalls of devices are rising but manufacturers are not willing to publish information on device failures; and calls for a review that will ensure that UK patients have guarantees on the safety and efficacy of devices equivalent to that of patients in the US. read more

Finally see the whole program on channel 4 dispatches here

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