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Shawn M. Schmitt

Executive Editor

Miami, FL
Executive Editor Shawn M. Schmitt lives and works in Miami. For more than two decades he has written and edited for various high-profile media outlets, including The New Republic and London's Independent Television News (ITN). Since 2005 he has reported on medical device quality control, compliance and post-market issues. A spirited, creative journalist, Shawn reported from the White House Rose Garden for Counseling Today, met with medical device experts in Costa Rica for Medtech Insight, traveled the US to get the scoop on Medicare funding for DecisionHealth, and wrote about the proliferation of nuclear weapons for National Journal's Global Security Newswire. Shawn holds a Master of Arts in Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. (2004), and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh (1997).
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Quality Should Ride Shotgun As US Auto Makers Rev Engine On Making Ventilators

As American auto giants GM and Ford take the wheel on working with ventilator manufacturers to make the critically needed devices during the COVID-19 pandemic, two longtime quality experts explain where the device and auto companies will find common ground when it comes to quality systems.

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In A Bizarre Move, Trump Orders GM To Make Ventilators – Even Though The Auto Giant Already Is

President Trump on 27 March finally pulled the trigger on using his powers under the Defense Production Act, forcing General Motors Co. to manufacture medical ventilators. The only thing is, GM is already doing that.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Manufacturing

Device Makers Will Face ‘Double Supply Shock’ As Coronavirus Crisis Spreads, Experts Say

Medtech manufacturers around the globe should brace for another shock to supply chains now that the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted away from Asia, and toward North America and Europe.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Manufacturing

Q4 Recalls Snapshot: Mixed Bag For Industry As Recalls Rise But Number Of Recalled Units Falls

Device makers logged a 14% increase in recalls in the fourth quarter of 2019 – the third quarter in a row that the number of recalled devices went up. Meanwhile, recalled units dropped by 74%.

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NY Gov. Blasts US Prez For Not Using Defense Production Act: ‘Act Like It’s A War’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a 24 March press conference ripped Donald Trump, questioning why the president has not yet pulled the trigger on the Defense Production Act to force manufacturers to make critically needed medical products, including ventilators.

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Ford Races To The Rescue: US Auto Maker Partners With GE, 3M To Make Ventilators, Respirators During COVID-19 Crisis

Ford Motor Co. announced partnerships on 24 March with GE Healthcare and 3M Co. to manufacture much-needed medical ventilators and respirators. The auto maker also said it’s developing and testing plastic face shields for health care workers.

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