GOP Sens. Burr and Coburn team up for PATIENTS’ FDA Act

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) team up again in calling for reforms to the FDA’s authority, transparency and management in reviewing medical devices.

Burr and Coburn

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a new bill today aimed at reducing the medical device industry’s regulatory burden.

The duo’s “Patients’ Act” (Promoting Accountability, Transparency, Innovation, Efficiency and Timeliness at FDA) would “ensure that the FDA is held accountable for its performance goals and is fulfilling its public health mission on behalf of patients in a predictable and timely manner, including  decisions on life-saving drugs and devices,” according to a press release.

The bill, intended to complement the Medical Device User Fee & Modernization Act, accomplishes this with 6 main initiatives designed to:


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Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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