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Japan-Based U.S. Device Manufacturers Launch Association

Today, 62 advanced medical technology companies announced the launch of the American Medical Devices and Diagnostics Manufacturers’ Association (AMDD) in Japan, according to a news release from the newly formed group.

The association, which was established on April 1, represents the Japanese operations of U.S.-based device and diagnostics companies. AMDD was established "as an independent organization to foster speed and efficiency when addressing the common advocacy interests of companies formerly represented by the Medical Devices and Diagnostics Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). Advocacy activities include providing timely policy recommendations related to regulatory issues, national health insurance reimbursement payments, and healthcare system reform in Japan, in order to provide global-standard advanced medical technology to Japanese patients." âEURoeThe AMDD will conduct activities to establish an environment where the value of advanced medical technology is fully appreciated, with the aim of improving patient [quality of life], saving lives, and reducing medical expenditure," said Dr. Huimin Wang, chairman, AMDD and corporate vice president, Japan and Intercontinental for Edwards Lifesciences.. This will be achieved through the adoption of advanced medical technology, that is, minimally or noninvasive diagnostics and treatment.âEUR âEURoeThe AMDD will work with Japanese and European industry associations when submitting recommendations to government to address the delay of approval of advanced medical technology, also known as the device lag, and âEUR~innovative product pricingâEUR(TM),âEUR said Mr. David W. Powell, Vice Chairman, AMDD and President, Johnson & Johnson K.K. The groups says it will "undertake activities" to provide Japanese patients with greater access to advanced medical technology, using global best practices and maintaining a close collaborative relationship with the U.S. government and the U.S.-based industry association AdvaMed. It will also collaborate with the Japanese government, academic societies, and other industry organizations. In addition to Edwards Lifesciences and Johnson & Johnson, the 62 members companies include Abbott, Boston Scientific, Cardianl Health, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, and Zimmer.

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