Tuesday, May 4, 2010

FDA Wants Infusion Pump Risk Reduction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new initiative to address safety problems associated with external infusion pumps, which are devices that deliver fluids, including nutrients and medications, into a patient’s body in a controlled manner.

As part of its initiative, FDA is moving to establish additional premarket requirements for infusion pumps, in part through issuance today of a new draft guidance and letter to infusion pump manufacturers. FDA is also announcing a May public workshop on infusion pump design, and launching a new Web page devoted to infusion pump safety, FDA - Infusion Pumps.

Although this is directed toward manufacturers, it's probably a good idea for everybody using pumps to follow what emerges from this initiative.

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