The role of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect public health—keeping unsafe medical devices off the market, exposing potentially dangerous devices that carry fraudulent claims to cure or treat disease, and investigating potential and emerging health and safety issues related to medical devices in the United States. However, while protecting public health is critical to our mission, promoting public health is just as important. Part of promoting public health is facilitating the development of innovative technology and making sure patients have access to high-quality, safe, and effective medical devices as quickly as possible.
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