Medical device lobby spent over $380K in 2Q

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The medical device industry’s chief advocacy group spent $380,324 lobbying on the health care reform effort and other proposals during the second quarter, according to a recent disclosure report.

The Advanced Medical Technology Association, whose members include Medtronic Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp., lobbied on the health care bills moving through the House and Senate.

As the legislation takes shape in Congress, medical device manufacturers have focused on provisions that would task the federal government with comparing the effectiveness of different drugs, devices and medical procedures. The effort aims to cut out wasteful spending on ineffective treatments.

The medical device industry and others have maintained that any government evaluations of medical effectiveness should serve as suggestions to physicians, not enforceable standards.

AdvaMed members make the bulk of the world’s medical devices, ranging from pacemakers to catheters to artificial hips.

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