The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the European Commission to support a premarket approval system for certain medical devices. The Commission and Health Commissioner John Dalli maintain that a PMA system is not necessary. During the debate, Dalli stressed that the Pip scandal would not have been prevented even if such a system had been in place.
Parliament and Commission disagree on pre-market authorisation (Europolitics)
Greece’s financial crisis has resulted in serious problems with the country’s healthcare system. Patients are not getting the care they need, and doctors and supplier are not getting reimbursed.
Greek health system crumbles under weight of crisis (PMPNews)
Maria Fontanazza, Managing Editor of MD+DI, interviewed Kem Hawkins, President of Cook Medical. Hawkins discussed how the pending US excise tax on device sales, to go into effect next year, will impact the industry.
Who’s ‘High-Fiving’ About the Device Tax? (MD+DI)
Nanotechnology expert Mihail Roco stressed the need for international collaboration on nanotechnology.
NNI Founder Urges International Collaboration in Nanotech Research (IEEE Spectrum)
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