Reuse of single-use devices
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Senate Health Committee intends to hold a hearing on the contentious issue to gather information, possibly before the August congressional recess, according to committee staffers. As of late July 16, the committee had yet to receive FDA's response to its request for details regarding the agency's plans for regulating reprocessed single-use devices (1"The Gray Sheet" July 12, In Brief)
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