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Device exports to Cuba

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Medical Device Manufacturers Association testifies before a House Ways and Means subcommittee urging the relaxation of restrictions against exporting medical devices and products to Cuba. Commenting on the 1992 Cuban Democracy Act, which permits the export of medical devices to Cuba, MDMA board member W. Bradford Gary tells the committee that "the act's requirements for special export licenses and the onsite verification of the products' use have essentially rendered this permission meaningless." Gary and a delegation of business executives visited Cuba in March to tour Cuban health care facilities and found that most facilities used U.S. medical devices dating back to the 1950s and often had to recycle such disposables as surgical gloves...

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