FDA considers tracking more medical devices
The FDA is seeking input from medical device companies and healthcare administrators regarding whether an electronic tracking system should be implemented across the United States, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports. Though the agency currently tracks certain devices, such as high-risk technologies including pacemakers, it is now looking to track all devices. The motive behind the plan is to enable effective product safety recalls. Hospitals have taken to the idea because it could benefit their efforts to improve inventory control and hopefully help reduce medical errors. However, some companies fear tracking because it would make products more easily comparable by customers, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports.