You or someone you know has been hurt by a device. You want to let the FDA know about it, but it is so complicated. Here is a step-by-step guide.
This worksheet works best if you print out these pages and fill them in before you go online with the FDA. (Click here for a printable copy) You’ll be ready to make the best, most effective report you can in one sitting. Grab a cuppa tea because you’ll busy for about a half an hour.
Now: click on this link: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm?action=consumer.reporting.home
The first page you should see should look like this:
Go ahead and click on “Consumer/Patient.”
On the next page, check the box for medical device.
Next, check everything that applies:
Write every detail you know about the situation. Don’t hold back, this is the place to let your feelings flow. Don’t worry, you can always file a new report if new information or new details come to you.
If you have any lab results or information you’d like to make public, add them here.
Add the date of the event if you know it. (Very important!)
Here is where you fill in as much information about the device as you know. If you have no idea what the device is, write as much as you do know or write: “Unknown pelvic sling,” “Unknown hernia mesh,” etc. Do your best.
Some of the following information will be made available to others. You decide what you want to share publicly:
The following is information to identify the reporter (you). The more information you offer, the more credible your report will be.
Should you decide to check the box below, be prepared to be contacted by the manufacturer of the device. Remember, their job is to protect the company, not to ensure or provide the best patient care.
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