Healthcare’s advocates for the “right to repair” medical devices like what they’re seeing at the moment.
This year, one of their first reasons for optimism arrived on May 6. In the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Nixing the Fix: An FTC Report to Congress on Repair Restrictions,the agency listed the reasons manufacturers across multiple industries give for restricting repairs on their devices. They did so, the FTC noted, to protect their intellectual property, to ensure safety and cybersecurity, and to protect them (the manufacturers) from liability and reputational harm. They also believed that “authorized repair facilities provide superior service compared to the service provided by independent repair facilities.” . . .
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