Published On: Tue, Nov 24th, 2015

FDA targets inaccurate medical tests, citing dangers and costs

laboratory-testingInaccurate and unreliable medical tests are prompting abortions, promoting unnecessary surgeries, putting tens of thousands of people on unneeded drugs and raising medical costs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded. Life-threatening diseases go undetected in some cases. In others, patients are treated for conditions they do not have. “Patients have been demonstrably harmed or may have been harmed by tests that did not meet F.D.A. requirements,” federal investigators concluded in a report to Congress last week. The findings come at a time when the use of laboratory-developed tests is booming, the Obama administration is seeking new regulatory powers and even Republicans in Congress are working on legislation to set stricter standards. More …

Wayne Becker

Wayne Becker is a visionary, dynamic nursing leader with over 20 years of clinical expertise and 10+ years of management experience. Experienced in multiple organizational settings from individual community hospitals to tertiary, academic facilities. Demonstrated excellence in quality critical care and emergency care and fiscal accountability. Change agent who leads process improvement initiatives as well as managed staff through significant technology upgrades. Developed mentoring relationships that prepared staff at all levels for advanced professional opportunities.

Specialties: Trauma Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, and pre-hospital Emergency patient care. Utilization Management and leadership experience in for-profit and non-profit environments. Union and non-union leadership experience. Multiple EDIS and CPOE platforms.

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