H. R. 2915
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 22, 2019
Mr. Fitzpatrick (for himself, Mr. Doggett, Ms. DeLauro, and Ms. Schakowsky) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require physicians and physician’s offices to be treated as covered device users required to report on certain adverse events involving medical devices, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Medical Device Guardians Act.
Reporting by physicians and physician’s offices on certain adverse events involving medical devices
Extending requirements To apply to physicians and physician’s offices
Subparagraph (A) of section 519(b)(6) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360i(b)(6)) is amended to read as follows:
The term covered device user means a hospital, ambulatory surgical facility, nursing home, outpatient treatment facility, physician, or physician's office. The Secretary may by regulation include an outpatient diagnostic facility.
Section 519 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360i) is amended—
in subsection (b)—
device user facility each place it appears and inserting
covered device user;
the facility each place it appears and inserting
the user, except in the phrase
the facility, individual, or physician in the matter following subparagraph (C) in paragraph (3);
in paragraph (1)(D), by striking
that facility and inserting
in paragraph (3)(B), by striking
such a facility and inserting
such a user; and
in paragraph (5)—
device user facilities and inserting
covered device users;
of user facilities and inserting
of users; and
a user facility and inserting
in subsection (b)(3)—
in subparagraph (A), by adding
or at the end;
in subparagraph (B), by striking
or at the end; and
by striking subparagraph (C); and
in subsection (e)(1)(B)(ii), by striking
outside a device user facility and inserting
by a person other than a covered device user (as defined in subsection (b)).
The amendments made by this section apply beginning on the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
Electronic system to facilitate reporting by covered device users
Section 519(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360i(b)), as amended by section 2, is further amended—
by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7); and
by inserting after paragraph (5) the following new paragraph:
The Secretary shall establish and operate an electronic reporting system to facilitate compliance with this subsection by covered device users who choose to use such system to submit reports pursuant to this subsection.
Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, shall commence operation of the electronic reporting system required by section 519(b)(6) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as added by subsection (a).
Public availability of reports
Section 519 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 360i) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Public availability of reports
Notwithstanding any exemption for withholding information under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, but subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall make reports submitted under this section publicly available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Individually identifiable patient information
Paragraph (1) does not require the Secretary to make publicly available any individually identifiable patient information.