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MEDEC Statement on Patient Safety and Medical Device Regulation in Canada
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November 27, 2018

 

MEDEC Statement on Patient Safety and Medical Device Regulation in Canada

 

Toronto, November 27, 2018 – Patient safety is our top priority. All that we do in the industry is viewed through that lens. We are very proud of our industry and the life-saving and life-enhancing innovations and technologies that have helped so many Canadians. Most Canadians have either directly benefited or have a friend or family member who has benefited from a medical device.

The medical technology industry has an extremely strong track record of safety. Consider the millions of medical devices implanted in Canadians and the devices used every day that are saving and improving lives.

Recent news stories have referenced the number of “medical device incident” reports that have been reported to Health Canada. It’s important to note that these reports highlight an incident involving a patient and a medical device, but do not necessarily indicate that the device was malfunctioning or was the cause of the incident. This is supported by the CBC, who reported, “There is no certainty that the medical device caused the reported reaction. A given reaction may be the result of an underlying disease, process or another coincidental factor.”

Additionally, while insights may potentially be found in an incident report, it’s important to note that these typically represent a very small percentage of all procedures utilizing a device. For example, of the hundreds of thousands of hip replacements carried out in Canada every year since 2008 only 0.03 per cent involved potential injury.

As with any surgical intervention, there is always a degree of risk. Our industry strives to provide the safest devices possible and we have supported measures, such as Vanessa’s Law, which have enhanced the medical device regulatory environment in Canada.

Medical devices enable effective and beneficial treatment options and it’s important that patients engage with healthcare professionals to make informed choices. 

                                            

About MEDEC

 

MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our health care system. 

 

Contact: Gerry Frenette, Executive Director, Public and Member Relations, MEDEC

(416) 620-1915 ext. 227

gfrenette@medec.org  



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MEDEC is the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. Our members are committed to providing safe and innovative medical technologies that enhance the quality of patient care, improve patient access to health care, and help enable the sustainability of our publicly-funded health care system. We are committed to supporting the growth of a strong and vibrant medical technology industry that contributes to Canada’s innovation economy.



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