Untested medical implants are commonly used
Many medical implants, like surgical mesh and metal on metal hips, have never been tested for safety –leaving patients at risk.
In fact, last year a panel from the prestigious Institute of Medicine said the FDA should overhaul its device regulatory system because it fails to ensure patient safety before and after products go on the market. Instead, Congress is now debating legislation that would keep the present system virtually intact and ratify an agreement between the FDA and industry to get devices on the market even faster.
Nancy Metcalf, the Senior Program Editor at Consumer Reports, breaks down the surprising news with KFWB’s Maggie McKay.