By MICHAEL BRIDGES, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration is trying to restrict access to journals, books and other research products to people with a chronic illness, and the Obama administration has done the same for veterans.
But the U.S. government’s current rules do not apply to people in the health care system who have been diagnosed with cancer or other diseases, said Dr. Robert S. Norris, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“It’s a pretty broad definition, but we don’t know how it would work,” he said.
The Trump administration’s proposed changes would target the medical devices and devices that help people who have chronic conditions and could benefit from them.
The new rule would apply to medical devices that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and would include the devices that are used to monitor blood sugar levels, prevent bleeding and detect heart disease or diabetes.
It would also apply to devices used to treat diseases that affect the central nervous system or peripheral nervous system, including cancer.
The rule would allow the government to revoke a manufacturer’s registration if the device has been found to be unsafe or has not been properly manufactured, a change that would affect hundreds of millions of devices.
The FDA has issued safety warnings for some products that are not currently listed on the agency’s website.
It would also make it easier for doctors to seek out information about the use of these devices.
The proposal comes as the Trump administration faces pressure from Democrats and some health care providers to loosen rules on who can receive the drug rivipansel, used to combat the disease.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office said the new rule could force more than two million Americans to take an unnecessary, costly drug.
The FDA has been working on revisions of the agency rule since last year.
The rule is meant to prevent people from getting the wrong drug, a risk that is increased with a person with a genetic condition who has been diagnosed or a person who is too sick to work.