The RAND Corporation in partnership with the patient community CreakyJoints is seeking patients to participate in webinar discussions scheduled for February that will explore their experiences and their potential for involvement in future research. Over the past few years, well-publicized implant device recalls underscore the importance of this issue. A 2010 New York Times story noted that, unlike new drugs, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules allow medical devices like implants to be brought to market without clinical trials in some circumstances. “[I]mplants can be sold without such testing if a device, like an artificial hip, resembles an implant already approved and used on patients,” the Times reported.

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