News Summary: FDA to track most medical implants

DEVICE CODE: The Food and Drug Administration will use new identifying codes to track most medical devices used in the U.S., hoping to protect patients from faulty implants.

HISTORY OF RECALLS: The FDA tracking system follows years of highly-publicized recalls involving heart-zapping defibrillators, artificial hips and drug pumps, which have been plagued by manufacturing flaws.

RISKIEST FIRST: The FDA will require high-risk medical devices, like pacemakers and drug pumps, to carry unique tracking codes within one year. The requirement will then be expanded to less risky devices over the next five years.

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