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Watchdog group says “massive lobbying effort” by medical device industry threatens public health

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1521 (Published 28 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1521
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

A watchdog group says that the medical device industry has lavished millions of dollars on US politicians in a “massive lobbying effort” to promote legislation that will weaken oversight of the industry and endanger the public.

The charges were made on 15 February by Public Citizen, a non-profit watchdog organisation based in Washington, DC, during a Congressional hearing on the Medical Device User Fee Act. Consumer groups and industry representatives clashed during the hearing on the proposed legislation, which was hammered out after a year of negotiations between the industry and the Food and Drug Administration.

The current act will expire on 30 September. If the proposed legislation is adopted, fees paid by industry to the FDA will more than double from $287m (£180m; €215m) …

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