FDA still letting doctors implant untested devices

Source: Jeanne Lenzer & Shannon Brownlee, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The Food and Drug Administration's laissez faire attitude towards implanted medical devices has resulted in artificial hips that cause cobalt poisoning (which can damage the heart and brain); surgical mesh that cuts through flesh and organs, causing infections and hemorrhage; and defibrillators that repeatedly shock patients beyond human endurance. Safety problems have led to recalls of devices implanted in hundreds of thousands of people. And the devices can be difficult or impossible to remove if they go bad.

Why is the FDA allowing this, and what can be done about it?

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