USA – FDA seeks expanded authority to boost device supply chain

  • FDA has called for new powers and more funding to improve its ability to prevent medical device shortages.
  • Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA commissioner, said in a Wednesday statement the pandemic « exposed great weaknesses in the medical device supply chain » that the U.S. needs to resolve to ensure it is better prepared for future crises.
  • In addition to $21.6 million for a shortage prevention program, part of the agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget request, Woodcock wants Congress to give FDA « expanded authority to obtain supply disruption notifications for critical devices any time there is the potential for a shortage. »…