Bipartisan Bill Would Curb FDA's Medical Apps Oversight

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT) -- Six Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced legislation that would sharply limit U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight of mobile medical apps by barring the agency from regulating many less-sophisticated types of health technology.

The Sensible Oversight for Technology Which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act, or SOFTWARE, would essentially codify FDA’s recently announced hands-off approach to less-risky medical apps and would also apply to electronic health records, according to the bill’s proponents.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a bill sponsor who earlier...
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