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Single-Use Medical Devices: Little Available Evidence of Harm From Reuse, but Oversight Warranted

HEHS-00-123 Published: Jun 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2000.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the practice of single-use device (SUD) reprocessing in the United States, focusing on the: (1) extent of SUD reprocessing; (2) health risks associated SUD with reprocessing; (3) cost savings from reprocessing; and (4) Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of SUD reprocessing.

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