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FDA (CDRH) Issues Annual Radiation Report

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | June 29, 2005
2-year review of CDRH's Radiological Health Program suggests problems stem from how radiation equipment is used.

The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) issued its Annual Report for FY 2004 last Friday.

Daniel G. Schultz, M.D., CDRH Director, in his opening remarks said in part, " ...exposure to radiation comes largely from medical sources, and that the problem stems mainly from how medical radiation equipment is used."

If you want to review the report, go to this link: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/annual/fy2004/

DOTmed covered developments at the FDA last week regarding their review of radiological equipment standards, and we received a number of responses on the issue. We have summarized these comments.

The International Association of Medical Equipment Remarketers and Servicers (IAMERS) sent a delagation to Washington D.C. last week where a lobbyist introduced IAMERS to congressional staffers. In the June Newsletter to its 100 members, IAMERS asked for financial support for its lobbying efforts.

The public interest group Citizens Concerned with Patient Safety is also attempting to organize healthcare providers and third-party service companies under an umbrella organization.

Watch for more coverage on this topic in future issues of DOTmed News.