New system in the works to better track faulty medical devices

FDA officeArtificial hips that shed bits of metal, stents that fail to open arteries and many other medical devices have been recalled after they caused patients harm, sometimes years after they were sold to the public.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now says it’s a priority to more quickly share information about faulty products within the medical community and with the public.

The agency is working with the University of Maryland and other institutions to develop an easily accessible system that will begin collecting and analyzing real-time data as soon as devices hit the market. The effort aims to not only help protect patients from harmful products but steer them to innovations showing unexpected or special benefits.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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