FDA announces plans to overhaul system for approving medical devices

FDA announces plans to overhaul system for approving medical devices Photo: AP Photo/Peter Banda

November 26, 2018 10:30 AM

US health officials say they plan to overhaul the nation's decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which experts have long criticized for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday aimed at making sure new medical devices reflect up-to-date safety and effectiveness features. The system targeted by the actions generally allows manufacturers to launch new products based on similarities to decades-old products, not new clinical testing.

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