GAO report supports Bucks docs’ crusade for better monitoring of medical device problems

     Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, a cardiac surgeon, waits with his wife, Dr. Amy Reed, an anaesthesiologist, wait in her doctor's office at Pennsylvania Hospital. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, a cardiac surgeon, waits with his wife, Dr. Amy Reed, an anaesthesiologist, wait in her doctor's office at Pennsylvania Hospital. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

    A husband and wife physician team from suburban Philadelphia are trying to improve the safety of medical devices. Their concern arises from first-hand experience, when a device was deemed responsible for spreading undetected cancer in Dr. Amy Reed.  

    She and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, have spearheaded a drive to introduce a bill in Congress that would require medical practitioners to report adverse outcomes to the FDA. At the present, only manufacturers and hospitals are mandated to do so. 

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office has affirmed Noorchashm and Reed’s concerns, so the couple are hopeful action may be taken soon. They spoke with WHYY’s Tom MacDonald. 

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