The Fallacy of Right to Repair for Medical Devices
State legislatures nationwide are considering giving unregulated, third-party servicers unlimited access to service manuals and proprietary information to repair complex medical technology. While this may seem like a good way to save money on repairing technical, costly machines, these Right to Repair laws would jeopardize patient safety.
The laws would give free rein for untrained, unauthorized third-party servicers to skirt strict FDA patient safety regulations, at patients’ peril. According to a landmark FDA report, patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing serious injury and even death via medical technology that has been inadequately serviced by untrained, unauthorized third-party servicers.
On patient safety, there is no substitution for the extensive training, knowledge, and expertise authorized servicers must have to maintain and repair complex medical technology. By also complying with strict FDA regulations, these technicians ensure device soundness and precision. For many patients, this is a life-or-death matter. A heart defibrillator or MRI machine must function at the highest level to save lives.
The “Right to Repair” is Wrong for Patients
Contact Your Legislator
Ensure patients and health care providers have access to safe, effective medical technology by urging your state legislator to oppose any Right to Repair legislation.