Medtech-Supporter Sen. Al Franken To Resign, After Harassment Charges
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who has championed key device regulatory reform changes favoring the medtech industry that are now law, will step down from his post, following newly revealed charges of sexual harassment by a former congressional staffer in 2006.
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US Congress successfully pushed through a user-fee bill in 2017 to help smooth the regulatory path at FDA for medical devices and other products, but other efforts, including several industry priorities, remain undone. On top on the list, of course, is the effort to repeal the device excise tax. But legislation is also on the table to address diagnostics regulation, telehealth reimbursement, and medtech cybersecurity vulnerability, among other issues. Here is a look at the medtech landscape in Congress in 2018.
Two recent efforts to repeal the medical device tax include proposed legislation by a bipartisan "Problem Solvers" group of House members that includes a device-tax repeal provision, as well as an advertising campaign by AdvaMed.