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The industry group representing new, often high-tech medical devices is taking a
second look at the allegations of the group calling itself For Patients' Sake.
The Independent Medical Distributors Assn., Mission, Kan., which includes about
100 specialty companies that bring new technologies to market, issued a
statement in November saying that long-term corporate contracts could keep new
technologies off the market longer than necessary.
But IMDA still does not go as far as For Patient's Sake, which claimed in a
statement that GPOs "limit access to medical equipment" through compliance
requirements, as reported in the November 1998 edition of Health Industry Today.
A pair of needle contracts
Retractable Technologies, Little Elm, Texas, is the most vocal member, but For
Patients' Sake includes other …