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  • Latest Action: Aug 04, 2009 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 111-1031.

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  • 88% of users support S.540

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    • American Association of Retired Persons

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    • Medical Device Safety Institute

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    • National Organization for Women

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    • USAction

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    • Public Citizen

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    • American Bar Association

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    • American Medical Women's Association

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    • Alliance for Justice

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    • Center for Justice and Democracy

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    • Center for Medical Consumers

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    • Beckman Coulter

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    • Boston Scientific Corporation

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    • Medtronic, Inc.

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    • National Association of Manufacturers

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    • 3M

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    • Abbott

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    • Advanced Medical Technology Association

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    • American Health Care Association

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    • ATS Medical

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    • B. Braun Medical

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    • Edwards Lifesciences

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    • GE Healthcare

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    • Medical Device Manufacturers Association

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    • Bayer

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    Most-commented sections of the bill text

    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On March 06, 2010, by lisarichter - The makers of medical devices shoud be required to disclose possible dangerous effects of using their devices. They have a responsibility to us, as citizens, to inform us both of the benefits as well as the dangers associated with such devices that are intended to save lives and in turn have in some cases caused serious harm even death all of which may have been able to be be avoided if a warning label was required on all medical devices

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      As noted by lisarichter, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 06, 2010, "The makers of medical devices shoud be required to disclose possible dangerous effects of using their devices. They have a responsibility to us, as citizens, to inform us both of the benefits as well as the dangers associated with such devices that are intended to save lives and in turn have in some cases caused serious harm even death all of which may have been able to be be avoided if a warning label was required on all medical devices"
    • On December 02, 2010, by allenacharo2004 - I strongly believe that manufacturers of medical devices should not be immune from liability of the effects caused by their devices even if the device has been approved by the FDA. We as citizens have a right to know the dangers of these medicals devices and even more even have the right to a choice regarding whether we want to use them.

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      As noted by allenacharo2004, a user on OpenCongress.org, on December 02, 2010, "I strongly believe that manufacturers of medical devices should not be immune from liability of the effects caused by their devices even if the device has been approved by the FDA. We as citizens have a right to know the dangers of these medicals devices and even more even have the right to a choice regarding whether we want to use them. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.540: A bill to prevent harassment at institutions of higher ... - March 09, 2011 by opencongress.org - Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.540 A bill to prevent harassment at institutions of higher education, and for other purposes. ... OpenCongress is a free and open-source project of the Part

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      As noted by opencongress.org on March 09, 2011, "Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for S.540 A bill to prevent harassment at institutions of higher education, and for other purposes. ... OpenCongress is a free and open-source project of the Part" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s540/show)
    • museumsgeflüster: Ausstellungserinnerung: OXYDATION - Rost ... - December 20, 2010 by museumsgeflüster - (S. 540-541). Sicherlich ist das „Kosten“ des vorübergehenden Lebens mitbestimmend für die Frage nach dem Tod und dem darauf Folgendem. Nach Schopenhauer besonders festzuhalten ist allerdings das immer wiederkehrende Dasein in immer ...

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      As noted by museumsgeflüster on December 20, 2010, "(S. 540-541). Sicherlich ist das „Kosten“ des vorübergehenden Lebens mitbestimmend für die Frage nach dem Tod und dem darauf Folgendem. Nach Schopenhauer besonders festzuhalten ist allerdings das immer wiederkehrende Dasein in immer ..." (http://museumsgefluester.blogspot.com/2010/12/oxydation-rost-bilder-folien-drucke-von.html)
    • Der Reiz des Fremden - Streifzüge - Magazinierte Transformationslust - December 12, 2010 by Streifzüge - Wohl aber den Verzicht auf die Dummheit, die darauf besteht, „dass ein Gegenstand erst der unsrige ist, wenn wir ihn haben“ (Marx EB 1, S. 540). Schluss also mit dem Privateigentum. Mit dem aber nicht Schluss zu machen ist, ...

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      As noted by Streifzüge on December 12, 2010, "Wohl aber den Verzicht auf die Dummheit, die darauf besteht, „dass ein Gegenstand erst der unsrige ist, wenn wir ihn haben“ (Marx EB 1, S. 540). Schluss also mit dem Privateigentum. Mit dem aber nicht Schluss zu machen ist, ..." (http://www.streifzuege.org/2010/der-reiz-des-fremden)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Notre Dame needs to get over it - December 27, 2009 by South Bend Tribune - ...representatives and ask them to support these bills: Medical Device Safety Act of 2009, Congress (H. R. 1346) and Senate (S.540). More control The Democratic Congress and President Obama are steering the country rule by rule, law by law to a socialist-l

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      As noted by South Bend Tribune on December 27, 2009, "...representatives and ask them to support these bills: Medical Device Safety Act of 2009, Congress (H. R. 1346) and Senate (S.540). More control The Democratic Congress and President Obama are steering the country rule by rule, law by law to a socialist-l" (http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20091228/Opinion/912280319/-1/XML)
    • Congress Must Restore Patients' Rights to Hold Medical Device ... - August 03, 2009 by Common Dreams (press release) - ... to hold device manufacturers accountable when their products cause injury, Congress must pass the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 (S. 540, HR 1346). ...

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      As noted by Common Dreams (press release) on August 03, 2009, "... to hold device manufacturers accountable when their products cause injury, Congress must pass the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 (S. 540, HR 1346). ..." (http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/08/04-12)
    • Medical Device Firms Under Investigation for Fraud by DOJ - July 19, 2009 by InjuryBoard.com - Congress is considering the Medical Device Safety Act (S. 540/HR 1346) to restore justice to injured patients. Consumer safety should take priority over ...

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      As noted by InjuryBoard.com on July 19, 2009, "Congress is considering the Medical Device Safety Act (S. 540/HR 1346) to restore justice to injured patients. Consumer safety should take priority over ..." (http://voices.injuryboard.com/medical-devices-and-implants/medical-device-firms-under-investigation-for-fraud-by-doj.aspx?googleid=267432)
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