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Mark E. Brager
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October 24, 2017

AdvaMed Statement on Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) issued the following statement today from President and CEO Scott Whitaker following Senate passage of supplementary funding legislation for Puerto Rico in the wake of the recent hurricane:

“On behalf of the medical technology industry and the patients we serve, AdvaMed commends Congress for their action to provide additional funding to aid the people of Puerto Rico in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

“Our industry is a critical component of Puerto Rico’s economy, with more than 20 medical technology manufacturers that account for over 15,000 jobs on the island. These facilities produce devices and diagnostics that are vital to helping patients worldwide live longer, healthier, and more productive lives, including products for diabetes care, heart valves, pacemakers and defibrillators, and advanced cancer diagnostics.

“The funding approved by Congress will help ensure these facilities get back to 100% as quickly as possible and continue to supply these important products without interruption. This aid will also assist our member company employees and their families on the island as they seek to recover and rebuild after all they have lost.

“We urge the president to sign this measure without delay and thank the administration for all its work in the recovery. The coordinated efforts between agencies – including HHS, FDA and FEMA – with our member companies have been especially effective as manufacturers have worked to ensure their employees are safe and have the resources they need.”