Beyond comparison? Questioning the approval process for cardiac devices
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February 25, 2013
Recorded: November 6, 2012

"Comparative effectiveness" has become a buzzword in medical research as well as healthcare policy, yet a recent review of cardiovascular device approvals in the US suggests only a minority are ever tested against standard treatment before they are approved for the US market.

Dr Rita Redberg sits down with heartwire's Shelley Wood to talk about what's missing from the approval process and what risks this poses for patients, especially those with implanted devices.


Shelley Wood
Managing Editor,

Ms Wood has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Rita Redberg MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Women's Cardiovascular Services
Division of Cardiology
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Dr Redberg has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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