This Week in Devices [12/14/12]: Obama Says 'No' to Device Tax Repeal While Minnesota Senators Call For a Delay

This Week in Devices [12/14/12]

Obama says 'No' to device tax repeal while Minnesota senators call for a delay. FDA wants devices to be safer at home. Smart clothing to monitor rehab.

Obama says 'No' to Device Tax Repeal
In an interview with CBS Minnesota, President Obama has said he will not delay or repeal the device tax. The President states, “The health care bill is going to provide those health care companies, 30 million new customers. It’s going to be great for business and they’re doing really well right now and they’re going to get 30 million more customers as a consequence, so this additional tax essentially comes back to them as new customers.” [CBS Minnesota]

Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar
They may have voted for Obamacare but Minnesota democratic senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have joined others in calling for a delay in the medical device tax. Both believe the tax will be a huge blow to the job market in medtech hub Minnesota and want to provide companies with more guidance on how to comply with it. [Washington Examiner
 
Making Medical Devices Safer at Home
FDA has released a consumer update outlining guidelines for consumer use of medical devices and the agency's efforts to help ensure patients use their medical devices safetly and correctly at home. [FDA]
 
Smart Clothing Technology for Monitoring Rehabilitation
Italian researchers have created clothing containing sensors printed into the fabric that can be used to monitor physiotherapy exercises at home. Their research shows that the wearable device can potentially offer low-cost and unobtrusive means of monitoring trunk motor rehabilitation in patients.