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12/20/2017:  Maybe they should call it the Food, Drug and Device Administration
Dec 20, 2017

12/20/2017: Maybe they should call it the Food, Drug and Device Administration

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Under its new commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is collaborating more with companies that make consumer tech that could also become health tech.  Think of an Apple Watch that could also tell if your heart rate is dangerously high. So the FDA is working directly with companies like Apple, Fitbit and Samsung to streamline the process for approving health and medical software. Gottlieb is a physician, but he was also a venture capitalist before he took over the FDA in May. He spoke with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood about his plans for the agency.

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The FDA wants more medical devices in your pocket

Dec 20, 2017
The agency is being led by a venture capitalist who is taking some cues from the tech industry.
The FDA is working with companies like Fitbit to streamline the approval process for health and medical software.
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Under its new commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is collaborating more with companies that make consumer tech that could also become health tech.  Think of an Apple Watch that could also tell if your heart rate is dangerously high. So the FDA is working directly with companies like Apple, Fitbit and Samsung to streamline the process for approving health and medical software. Gottlieb is a physician, but he was also a venture capitalist before he took over the FDA in May. He spoke with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood about his plans for the agency.

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