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Interview: Dr. Josh Rising

Dr. Josh Rising is Project Director of the Medical Device Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts.  One of its goals is to improve the tracking of the safety of medical devices on the market.

Before joining Pew, Rising helped establish the Office of Policy in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.  He also served as health policy analyst for the Connecticut legislature, with a focus on issues of healthcare access, Medicaid policy, health IT and healthcare quality.  He also served as legislative affairs director for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

The Medical Device Initiative web site includes news on the effort to create a  unique device identification (UDI) system for medical devices to aid in tracking and other Pew Health projects.

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  • Win

    I can’t help but wonder if Dr. Rising is aware of the terrible accuracy of blood glucose meters being used by diabetics like himself? While the FDA requirement for these devices is bad enough (+- 20%) the real life performance is much worse! A chain of midwestern hospitals ran a system wide series of tests on bG meters a few years ago and found that +- 35% is about all one can hope for. Tell an auto mechanic that his torque wrench accuracy is +- 20 to 30% and see what he says. And yet diabetics dealing with life/death decisions are forced to use so grossly inaccurate bG measurements. And this from a device using strips that cost less than 15 cents to manufacture and yet retail for $1 + a piece…a 750% markup. Totally unacceptable on all counts and one wonders why the FDA lets it go by.

  • Ksc

    Mesh used for SUI and Prolapse have injured many women. We need to be listened to and helped with medical intervention, something that many at the FDA and in the medical field do not seem to embrace.
    We beg for help.