One Hurdle After Another: Safely Aligned With EU MDR, Turkish Medtechs Brace For New Efforts On Domestic Front
Alignment with the MDR gave Turkish medtech access to the EU market, but in domestic pricing, costs, reimbursement and payment of hospital debts, industry might feel it is barely at the starting line.
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