Medical devices include an array of aids and instruments used in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a disease or condition. They range from the lowly tongue depressor to the programmable pacemaker. Although the FDA regulates medical devices, they are often approved quickly and inappropriately. As a result, dangerous and even deadly devices enter the market.
Public Citizen has fought to insure that medical devices are properly classified and therefore subjected to adequate regulation. We have also been involved with post-marketing studies, which are designed to insure that devices are safe when used by a larger population in a variety of settings.
The devices we have been involved with include defibrillators, transcranial magnetic stimulators and cardiac devices.
Acromed Bone Screw
AngelMed Guardian System
Baxter IV Infusion Pump
Cadaveric Dura Matter
CardioMEMS Champion HF Monitoring System
Corcap Cardiac Support Device
Cyberonics Vagus Nerve Stimulator
DuraSeal Xact Sealant System for Spinal Use
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Menaflex Collagen Scaffold
and Patient Examination Gloves
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
Shiley 3.0 PED Tracheostomy Tube
Shiley Heart Valve Implant
Sulzer Hip Implant
Surgical Mesh for Transvaginal Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Thoratec Heart Pump
Welch Allyn AEDs
Wingspan Stent System
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