Friday, March 21, 2008

Medical device companies spend 28 million to lobby in 2007

Medical device companies in 2007 spent more than $28 million on lobbying the federal government, compared with $26.5 million in 2006, according to a preliminary analysis of U.S. Senate records conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. In 2007, medical device companies lobbied Congress on an FDA reform bill, Medicare legislation, a bill that would require companies to disclose payments to physician consultants and legislation that would encourage health insurers to cover remote monitoring devices.

According to CRP, medical device companies have increased expenditures on lobbying annually since 2001, when they spent $12.3 million. Stephen Ubl, president of the medical device industry trade group AdvaMed, said that in recent years, more companies have established or expanded lobbying offices in Washington, D.C. He added, "The world in which we're operating is more complicated, and there are more (federal) issues we're working on. So, you need the expertise."

Source:  KFF Daily Health Policy Report, http://kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=51091

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