Medical devices ranging from simple needles to life-saving high-tech implants should receive stronger support from governments as they help patients faster than drugs do, argues the European medical technology industry association (Eucomed) in an interview with EURACTIV.
Exposure to 'phthalates', a chemical component contained in some PVC-made medical devices, harms patients' health, an EU scientific committee concluded in a study. The findings come after a ban on phthalates in toys was decided upon in 2005.
A new institute will aim to bridge the gap between medical technology, innovation and healthcare policy to provide policymakers with evidence of the social and economic value of medical technology, and medical devices in particular.
The review of the EU's medical devices directives could see the
introduction of the 'precautionary principle' and stricter rules on
the re-use of medical devices which are intended for a single use