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Medica technology saves lives, improves patient outcomes and helps lower the overall cost of health care. It is also one of America's strongest and fastest-growing manufacturing sectors, creating and producing medical innovations for use around the world—and providing good-paying jobs across the country.
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One in three Americans suffers from chronic pain, costing up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.
May 2016

Pain is the number one reason that patients access the health care system, with cases of chronic pain serving as the leading cause of adult disability in the US. Chronic pain has traditionally been managed through physical therapy, the use of over-the-counter pain medication, or the use of prescription opioids. Medical technology can provide solutions to managing chronic pain that can lessen a patient’s use of opioids and other oral pain medications, and improve quality of life. Click to download the fact sheet

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014 there were more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. and over 4,000 deaths from the disease.
January 2016

Cervical cancer is a disease in which normal cells on the surface of the cervix change, grow uncontrollably, and form a tumor. Prevalence of the disease, more pronounced worldwide however, is responsible for nearly 300,000 deaths annually, and 85 percent of those cases occur in developing countries. Download the fact sheet

Quality Systems: Companies must have processes and procedures in place to ensure products are manufactured consistently according to pre-determined specifications for safety and effectiveness.
January 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employs a risk-based approach to regulating medical technology where the level of requirements to determine a device or diagnostic's safety and effectiveness is commensurate to its risk. View full infographic here

Only 40-60% of patients with cancer have access to radiation therapy.
December 2015

Radiotherapy is a critical component of cancer treatment, however it is chronically underutilized worldwide, especially in developing countries. A recent report published by the Lancet Oncology Commission found that with the number of new cancer cases expected to rise to 24.6 million by 2030, increasing access to radiotherapy for low- and middle- income countries could save 27 million life years. In addition, investing as little as $97 billion could provide all patients with full access to radiotherapy. Download the infographic

Millions of Americans develop drug-resistant infections each year.
November 2015

Antibiotic resistance means that an antibiotic is no longer effective against the bacteria it is intended to treat. In the U.S., the number of deaths each year as a result of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA) is estimated at 19,000. Click here to view the fact sheet. 

Medical devices are a relatively small and constant share of national health expenditures.
October 2015

While medical device spending has grown at about the same rate as national health expenditures overall, prices for medical devices have actually grown far more slowly than the Medical Consumer Price Index or even the overall Consumer Price Index. Click here to view the full study

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