New device uses light to screen for c...

New device uses light to screen for cancer

There are 1 comment on the Statesman Journal story from Nov 6, 2011, titled New device uses light to screen for cancer. In it, Statesman Journal reports that:

WASHINGTON - Dermatologists soon will get some high-tech help deciding which suspicious-looking moles should be removed and checked for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

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Since: Jul 11

Elon, NC

#1 Nov 9, 2011
The fact that the FDA so narrowly approved this device says so very much about their organization. The FDA is a sluggish, and inefficient organization that regulates medical advances to death. If it wishes to be effective it needs to stop overregulating and focus its already limited resources. For example, stop attacking dietary supplements along with Senator Dick Durbin and make sure medical devices are safe.

The FDA has many incentives not approve drugs and devices. Walter E. Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University put it best:

“Here’s the modus operandi: If FDA officials mistakenly approve a device that has unanticipated harmful effects, their necks are on the chopping block because the victims are highly visible. Career-minded FDA officials don’t like that kind of exposure. They prefer the hidden mistake, erring on the side of overcaution by needlessly delaying approval. When FDA officials err on the side of overcaution, their victims are invisible. After all, you didn’t know there was a device available that could have saved a loved one’s life, as would have been the case had the angioplasty procedure occurred in Belgium or some other European country... The FDA is long overdue for overhauling. In the process, Congress should allow for private medical-device certification.”

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