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AED manufacturers get regulatory jolt

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | May 07, 2013
From the May 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

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Pedro Pestana, Spacemedical, Portugal
Dan Kongsted, Cervius Medical, Denmark
Nitin Khalate, Multitech Medical Systems PVT.LTD, India
Norm Villeneuve, B.B.Products, Canada
Mehmet Er, TEPA, Inc., Turkey
Rodolfo Reyes Ingeniero, INNOVA MEDICAL, Mexico
Naveen Kangokar, Alvin Care Services UK Ltd, United Kingdom
Rick Meerkerk, Mediproma B.V., Netherlands

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Richard Lazar

AED Reclassification – When Near Perfect is Not Enough for FDA

May 17, 2013 04:27

The FDA is proposing to reclassify AEDs as Class III medical devices. This change will require manufacturers to go through a much more time consuming and costly regulatory process before their AEDs can be sold. Why? According to the agency’s proposed rule, the primary purpose of reclassification is to reduce the risk of illness or injury resulting from AED failures. Yet, a study relied upon by the agency finds that AEDs work as intended during rescue attempts greater than 99% of the time. This is a clear example of the perfect as the enemy of the good (or even great) driving a regulatory action that will cost lives and money with very little public health benefit.

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