Use of medical devices and implants has skyrocketed over the last two decades. Pacemakers, artificial hips and knees are used widely. With increase in use comes issues such as defective products which cause premature failure and additional medical treatment including surgeries and rehabilitation.
Historically, identifying patients with a recalled or defective medical devices/implants was difficult. In the upcoming months and years, that problem may be relegated to the past.
Last week, the Federal Drug Administration issued new rules relating to the identification of medical devices and implants.
The UDI (Unique Device Identification) System is designed to help the FDA, patients and their medical doctors identify problems with products faster, especially when it comes to medical implant/device recalls. This overall improves patient safety.
The UDI will indicate the device and its version or model. The UDI will also include a production identifier, which will indicate at least the lot/batch number, serial number, expiration date, etc.
This new system will be phased in, depending on the type and class of medical devices/products. By 2020, implementation of the UDI System will be complete.
Medical Devices/Implants are Subject to Failure
Medical devices and implants are not impervious to failure. In fact, recalls of medical devices occur often. Just over the last four months, 21 medical devices have been recalled, including:
- endotracheal tubes,
- drug pumps, and
- blood sets used for administration of blood and blood products.
Click here for a list of medical device/implants product recalls from the FDA.
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