Could "sunshine" rules squash medical innovation?

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 7:29am
Mass Device

Researchers warn that burdensome rules governing relationships between physician entrepreneurs and medical device manufacturers could harm one of the industry's most important sources of innovation.

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Medical device companies rely on physician-owned startups for many of the patents that drive innovation at large companies, but rules that govern the relationships between physicians and device makers may cool those relationships, researchers warned.

A study conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health concluded that patents emerging from physician-owned startup companies more frequently supported premarket approval applications filed with the FDA than patents generated by non-physician-owned startups.


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