There is a diverse array of explanations for the rise in medical device recalls in the past decade. A few of these reasons include the increasing complexity of these devices, the globalization of the supply chain, and a frenzied race to get new products to market.
Many devices incorporate technology – utilizing mobile, Internet, and/or other software, which evolves rapidly. This can cause issues with technical glitches and frequent advances that affect the efficiency of devices.
Another issue can arise as a result of the complex worldwide network of suppliers and sub-suppliers who are manufacturing different aspects of these products. There are many logistical trials in working with an international supply chain, which could potentially mean that upon completion, the pieces assembled from multiple manufactures may have resulting issues.
Lastly, the makers of medical devices are under incredible pressure by both shareholders and consumers to come to market before the competition with innovative, advanced devices. Unfortunately, this rush to get products into the marketplace can result in manufacturers taking quality shortcuts. (1)
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| Ted Fuhr, Katy George, Janice Pai. “The Business Case of Medical Device Quality.” www.scm.ethz.ch. McKinsey Center for Government. Web. April 2015.|
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