Sens. Seek To Limit FDA's Health IT Regulatory Oversight

By Daniel Wilson (February 11, 2014, 5:12 PM EST) -- A pair of senators announced Monday they had introduced legislation to restrict the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority to regulate and tax mobile medical apps and other health care information technology as medical devices, arguing the agency's current authority over such technologies is too broad.

The bill, S. 2007, the Preventing Regulatory Overreach To Enhance Care Technology Act, or PROTECT Act, will reduce regulatory burdens and provide greater certainty for health IT makers by providing a regulatory framework for the industry that "promotes innovation and job creation while protecting patient safety," according to bill sponsors Sens. Deb Fisher, R-Neb., and...

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