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Medical Devices should not be ticking time bombs!
"We shouldn’t be used as guinea pigs when it comes to something as serious as a medical implant. Yet everyday, Americans are finding out that the medical device they are using to improve their health may actually cause serious harm, permanent disability or death!
Because of intense lobbying from the medical device industry, more than 90 percent of devices do not have to undergo testing on humans before they are sold to, or implanted in, us. That means heart valves and other high-risk devices can receive less scrutiny and testing than a drug for an upset stomach.
Further, implants are not tracked universally. That means there's no way to notify patients that they may have a defective product that should be removed. If you don’t think this makes sense, let your members of Congress know. They’re writing legislation right now that will decide how safe medical devices must be.
Tell them you want safety standards for most medical devices to be brought in line with prescription drugs. Just fill in the form below, adjust the letter with your own comments, and our system will automatically direct your message to your own Representative and Senators based on your address."
Momentum is building in Congress for common-sense medical device safety, thanks to 80,000 messages sent from consumers like you!
Now, we’re ratcheting up the pressure to beat the powerful lobbyists fighting to keep their safety loopholes!
Consumers Union is bringing Americans who’ve suffered serious health problems to Washington DC to talk directly with Congress about our weak medical device laws. Show our activists in Washington DC you’ve got their backs by sending an email supporting common-sense safety rules!
Tell Congress medical devices should be safe before they go in the market!
Medical devices are much more common than we think. They range from life-saving implants like heart valves and pacemakers, to artificial joints, contact lenses, Botox – even diabetes test strips. Many of us probably use one or more right now.
Yet these devices are not held to the same safety standards as prescription drugs! More than 90 percent only have to be ‘similar’ to something already on the market to get sold. Further, implants aren’t universally tracked, so there’s no effective way to notify you if you are using a recalled device or have one inside you.
Lana Keeton knows this all too well. She’s headed to the Capitol to talk about the implantable mesh inside her that wasn’t safety tested. She’s undergone 17 procedures in the past decade since her first surgery, suffering infections and other complications. Just this month, the FDA ordered makers of these products to study their risks after years of serious injury reports.
Back Lana and our other activists as they walk the halls of Congress for common-sense safety! Congress is rewriting safety rules right now, and the lobbyists are fighting for their loopholes.
Congress – End the ticking medical time bombs, and make sure they’re safe first!
The industry has deep pockets but we don't. We have real people who got hurt by weak safety rules and lax oversight. Protect your family by taking action and forwarding this email now!
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