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Press Release | April 2, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President and CEO of AdvaMed Scott Whitaker released the following statement: “Given recent allegations of price gouging in some parts of the country, it is important to be perfectly clear: “Our member companies’ No. 1 priority is saving lives and at no time in our history has that been more apparent than over the past month as they have dramatically ramped up production of the diagnostics and devices that are essential to identifying, treating and combatting COVID-19.
Press Release | April 1, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association announced today that its member respiratory device companies have dramatically expanded the limits of their present production capacity in responding to the coronavirus outbreak, producing on average 2,000-3,000 ventilators per week, collectively, according to a recent survey of the seven member companies. In the coming weeks, company officials expect to ramp production to unprecedented levels, producing between an aggregated 5,000 and 7,000 ventilators per week in meeting the greatest needs across the nation. In 2019, when tallied together, these same companies were manufacturing approximately 700 ventilators per week for domestic distribution.
Press Release | March 31, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today released the following statements by Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed president and CEO, and Susan Van Meter, executive director of AdvaMedDx, regarding the medtech industry’s ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic:

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AdvaMed Members Fight Coronavirus

Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, AdvaMed member companies have donated millions of dollars’ worth of medical products and cash to hospitals, foundations and charities around the world. Medical device companies are responding to increased demand by ramping up production wherever possible, coordinating closely with governments to ensure the delivery of supplies where they are most needed, and in some cases, creating new devices and diagnostic tests to help effectively diagnose and treat sick patients.

We have assembled a collection of some of the efforts undertaken by AdvaMed member companies based on public statements.

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In Vitro Diagnostic COVID-19 Test

In vitro diagnostic (IVD) manufacturers have taken key steps to increase patient access to coronavirus diagnostic testing in laboratories, hospitals, and other testing sites across the country to guide patient care and protect public health.

We have compiled a list of companies that have developed IVDs that have received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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MedTech’s Role in Combatting COVID-19

The medical technology industry recognizes its crucial role in our nation’s health care system, particularly during an unprecedented public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has united us all as Americans in a global fight. The patients our industry serves have always been our No. 1 priority, and we are working around the clock to meet their needs. We are committed as medical technology innovators and manufacturers to working with federal, state, and local authorities to ensure our nation’s disaster planning efforts are coordinated, efficient, and effective. For weeks now, the medtech industry has been mobilizing to this global cause, and we are committed to the following guiding principles in our efforts to conquer the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Task Force

AdvaMed is actively working with key U.S. government agencies – including HHS, FDA, and CDC – as well government agencies around the world, to identify how the industry can help ensure that providers and patients everywhere have access to the medical technologies they need to help diagnose and fight this deadly virus.

As we continue to assess and respond to a crisis that continues to evolve, AdvaMed’s objective is to pool and disseminate industry knowledge, and share developments among our membership.

To that end, AdvaMed has assembled a coronavirus task force. Any AdvaMed member company is eligible to join. This task force meets during scheduled conference calls and provides readouts on the latest intel we are receiving from AdvaMed members, government agencies and other stakeholders.

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