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University of Minnesota Law School expert to testify about medical device safety before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

April 11, 2011

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on has called a hearing on Wednesday, April 13 to examine medical device recalls and product safety. The hearing, “A Delicate Balance: FDA and the Reform of the Medical Device Approval Process," begins at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central Daylight Time) in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

University of Minnesota expert who has been called to testify is:

University of Minnesota Law School professor Ralph Hall

Hall will discuss medical device safety, product recalls and post market surveillance. He has studied the effectiveness of the FDA 510(k) clearance process in ensuring safety among products made available to the public and presented his findings to the Institute of Medicine.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging serves as a center for discussion and debate on matters regarding older Americans. The committee often presents its findings and recommendations for legislation to the Senate and publishes helpful materials to those interested in public policies relating to the elderly.

To interview Hall, contact Patty Mattern, University News Service, at or (612) 624-2801; or Valerie Figlmiller, Law School, at or 612-625-5577.

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