Top Medtech Lobbyist Doubts Legislative Repercussions Of New Netflix Documentary
AdvaMed's top lobbyist says a new documentary critical of the medical device industry and US FDA's device review pathways is unlikely to result in Congressional action. However, the group is talking to members on Capitol Hill to make sure they fully understand the context within which devices are reviewed and marketed.
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