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A Ratings Game for Medical Devices

Posted November 10, 2011 7:22 AM

A recently launched Web service invites registered user-based rankings of 130,000 U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medical devices. The site, which also provides device recall and adverse events data, is intended to increase transparency and product quality in the sector and provide a resource for manufacturers, consumers, and investors. How do you see this shaping future consumer purchasing decisions or manufacturer actions?

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11/11/2011 8:11 AM

It may not fly based on my past experiences in that field and on that subject.

Major equipment purchasing decisions are commonly arrived-at based mostly on the results of trials and evaluations as conducted by each prospective endusers. Refutable equipment manufacturers are invited to do presentations of their individual products, either through an RFP, a pre-bid processes or pre-filtered /selected experienced based criteria as set by a knowledgeable in-house CE. Then a series of trials will follow for each manufacturers that meets a pre-qualification criterias established by the prospective purchaser(s).

Since equipment information compiled in your planned database will be derived from a varying knowledge source or degree of user inputs, with possibly questionable goals as well, it will be a hard sell for a well informed or experience purchaser to use it as the base of their decision making processes??

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11/14/2011 6:57 AM

When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, ask whether it is the medicine that your doctor prescribed. A study by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences found that 88 percent of medicine errors involved the wrong drug or the wrong dose.

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01/09/2012 1:54 PM

I think that this will help manufacturers stay on top of quality in their devices. I agree with this process and think it can only improve things. I wish there was a process like this on all medical equipment. I work for express medical supply so I have to weed out the bad products from the good to sell them. I think hospital equipment should be the same way.

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01/09/2012 3:46 PM

Although very limited, it is good to know that you are doing some quality pre-screening on the type of products you sell. Too bad that screening ability is being watered down, further limited by giving way to the demand of whatever product will be commonly used or popular among hospital users as well as its profitability to distribute!

Quality of medical devices /equipment are at most controlled and at best governed by each manufacturer's QA set of practices. Extent of which are typically dictated by the design expertise and experiences of their product engineers. More often the same product quality are also being influenced by other competing products that available in the market!

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