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Rep. Bilbray Protects Patients and Medical Device Industry Jobs

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50) today issued the following statement announcing the introduction of H.R. 3203, the Novel Device Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. This bipartisan legislation will improve the Food and Drug Administration's third party review and inspection process by making it more efficient, transparent, and beneficial to the life science industry that employs more than 2 million people in the United States. Please see the below statements:

"The current regulatory environment of the Food and Drug Administration has a negative impact on patients, jobs, and innovation in the United States. The San Diego life science cluster is one of the largest in the world, accounting for more than 24,000 jobs in our region. The Novel Device Regulatory Relief Act will help protect these jobs and patients who rely on their products." -- Congressman Brian Bilbray, Represents California's 50th Congressional District and Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee

What Industry Leaders Are Saying

"We commend Congressman Bilbray for helping to streamline the onerous regulatory process, which is impeding health care innovation and stifling job growth," said Don Casey, CEO of the West Wireless Health Institute. "This legislation promises to expedite approval for those novel technologies that are essential to delivering great patient care and lowering the cost of health care delivery across the country."

"CHI strongly supports improvements to remove needless delays in FDA device reviews, leading to a more efficient and rational process," said California Healthcare Institute (CHI) President and CEO David L. Gollaher, Ph.D. "This piece of legislation will allow safe and innovative medical devices to more rapidly reach patients in need. It will also serve to improve a process that is unnecessarily burdensome on device developers and the FDA itself."

List of Co-Sponsors of H.R. 3203

Congresswoman Blackburn (TN-7)
Congressman Micheal C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26)
Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23)
Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52)
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Congressman Paulsen (MN-3)


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