Could New Tracking Codes on Medical Implants Save Lives?

September 20, 2013 7:12 PM

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Could New Tracking Codes on Medical Implants Save Lives?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published new rules Friday that will help keep millions of medical devices in check. According to federal health regulators, from pacemakers to hip replacements, a new electronic system that's designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier will be easily identified via a code, manufacture date and lot number that makes the devices more accessible to the database in order for safety issues to be monitored.

In fact, this tracking device, which has been greatly promoted and supported by medical staff and public safety advocates alike, could create a safer and more positive environment for medical devices.

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