Reassessing Pre-market Regulation of Class III Medical Devices
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CitationReassessing Pre-market Regulation of Class III Medical Devices (2003 Third Year Paper)
AbstractRegulation of medical devices has evolved over the past twenty-five years. Initially, Congress created a regime where the safety and efficacy of all medical devices would be reviewed to varying degrees, depending on the risk posed by the device. Class III devices, the most dangerous class of devices, were to each have a safety and efficacy review. To permit new market entrants on similar grounds as those marketing devices prior to the 1976 Amendments, Congress also created a premarket notification program, under which new devices were regulated in the same way as the pre-Amendment counterparts. However, the premarket notification program has evolved and taken over market authorization for all devices, including Class III devices. This paper argues that the premarket notification program has changed so much that it should be entirely eliminated for Class III medical devices.
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