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Long wait for device identifier gets longer
Modern Healthcare

It’s likely to be another seven weeks before the Food and Drug Administration finalizes long-awaited regulations that will require manufacturers to mark medical devices with unique identifiers that are expected to help track products during recalls, save money and improve patient safety. An FDA spokeswoman said in e-mail that the final rule would not be released in time to meet the May 7 deadline that was set in legislation passed last year. “We are working hard to complete this, and it is a priority for the agency,” she said.  The FDA said in an April report that the agency planned to finalize the rule by June 30.