FDA Awards Grants For Children’s Medical Device Research

Posted on October 7, 2011

The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced that three grants will be awarded to bolster the development of medical devices for pediatric use, according to recent news sources.

Ten applications for grants were reviewed by five experts. The grants, which will be distributed by the FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development, were received by:

• James Geiger, M.D. and Andre Muelenaer, M.D. of the University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and the Pediatric Medical Device Institute Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, $1.1 million a year for two years.
• Michael Harrison, M.D. and the University of California, San Francisco Pediatric Device Consortium, $500,000 a year for two years.
• Barbara Boyan, Ph.D. and the Atlanta Pediatric Consortium, $900,000 a year for two years.

The grants will focus on developing medical devices for the uniqueness of a child’s body in terms of its size, growth, and body chemistry.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad to see that the Food and Drug Administration is recognizing the need for this issue to be addressed and I hope the results will yield safe and effective products for children. As a product liability lawyer, I know that much research and testing needs to go into these devices before they will be ready for use.

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