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AdvaMed Statement on ICIJ Medical Device Stories
Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) issued the following statement on the recent stories from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on the medical technology industry:
“Every one of us will inevitably face a moment where we will hope for a miracle to make a child, sibling, parent, grandparent or loved one well again. Whether it’s a pacemaker that keeps a heart beating, an implant that allows a child to hear for the first time, or an artificial knee that allows a grandmother to play with her grandkids, medical devices are the foundation of modern medicine, providing physicians and nurses the tools they rely on to improve patient care.
“Yet, instead of a comprehensive look at both the challenges and the achievements of an industry that touches almost every human life, these stories counterfeit the life-changing and life-saving solutions delivered to billions of people worldwide.
“We should never discount any patient's experience. But by magnifying the stories of only a few individuals, we overlook the overwhelmingly positive experiences of millions of others. We take seriously all reports of patient impact, and though the medical community can never completely eliminate risk, we always strive to improve our technologies and care delivery.
“As we do that work, we recognize why we developed these technologies in the first place: to address the critical, debilitating, and often life-threatening needs of patients who are desperate for solutions—who need a miracle.”
AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.