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March 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration’s Approach for Safe Innovation of Medical Devices in Dermatology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(3):261-263. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.5758

With the increased awareness of skin conditions and demand for aesthetic treatments requiring the expertise of dermatologists, there has been a growth in the associated medical device industry. Dermatology medical devices include point-of-care diagnostics, ablative technologies, skin imaging devices, dermal fillers, lasers, and wound dressings. Many new devices in dermatology offer practitioners and patients additional options for a variety of conditions including diabetic wound care, skin lesion screening, and alopecia treatment.