Senators Propose Relaxing FDA Conflict Rules
Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina are sponsoring a bill that would aim to change the rules of the Food and Drug Administration that deal with medical devices.
A new Senate bill being proposed is being authored by two Democratic senators and one Republican. The purpose of the bill would be to relax the conflict of interest rules for advisers to the Food and Drug Administration.
If this bill were to be passed then it would change a 2007 law that prohibits experts with financial ties to a company or to that company's competitor from serving on an advisory panel, unless the expert gets a waiver from the Food and Drug Administration.
The measure is designed to speed up the government's review of medical devices. In August a senior FDA official told Congress the agency has trouble recruiting highly qualified people to serve on its advisory panels. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina.