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What Does The FDA's 'First In The World' Policy Entail?
In 2011, the head of the Food and Drug Administration was adamant that the United States should not cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices.
In this country, he said, “we don’t use our people as guinea pigs.”
But, according to a new investigation from the Associated Press, that all changed in 2012 when the FDA adopted a new policy aimed at being the "first in the world" to approve new devices it deemed important to public health.
That began a push for faster device reviews by the FDA and, according to the AP, a sharp rise in approvals.
Matthew Perrone, the reporter behind this story, joined The Show to explain the "first in the world" policy.