Medical Device Recalls Doubled Over Past Decade, FDA Says

Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT) -- The yearly number of medical device recalls doubled over the past decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report released on Friday, attributing the spike to more vigilance surrounding radiological imaging and more responsiveness to agency inspections.

Annual recalls surged to almost 1,200 in 2012 from about 600 in 2003, according to the report, which was prompted in part by a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that called on the FDA to take a more aggressive role in overseeing recalls.

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