FDA Improving Patient Safety Through Unique Device Identification System

October 24, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of the medical devices that are released to the market. The agency is also charged with the task of issuing recalls and warnings regarding any faulty products that are discovered. The North Carolina Defective Product Lawyers with HensonFuerst point out that identifying problem devices sooner reduces the chances of patients being harmed.

That is the reason the FDA recently passed rules requiring each device to carry a Unique Device Identification (UDI) code. According to an FDA Press Release, the series of numbers and letters that make up the codes will be derived from information regarding the product. For instance, the first section of code will include information regarding the product’s make and model. The second half of the code will carry data about the product’s manufacture date, expiration date, and serial number.

Experts believe the new coding system will allow for information regarding problem products to be shared in a more efficient manner, resulting in better targeting of recalls and improved patient safety. These findings have led to a similar coding system being established globally.

HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to better protect the public from the dangers posed by defective medical devices and the firm is hopeful the new system is a success!


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