Bills Supporting Device Opioid Alternatives Advance In House
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved four opioid crisis-related bills that call for US FDA meetings and consideration of streamlined pathways for medtech alternatives to opioids, and for a report and action by the US Medicare agency on overcoming payment challenges to device pain control products.
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