Department of Health and Human Services

Make it legal to reuse or recycle cardiac pacemakers

Making it legal to reuse pacemakers could save money in U.S. Federal Government Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, etc.


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"A pacemaker device is designed to last anywhere between 6 and 10 years. Though FDA regulations does not permit the recycling of pacemakers for humans in the United States, we have come to find many scientific journals that say recycling pacemakers is a safe practice. Here are a few excerpts from some of the scientific journals we have found that support recycling pacemakers


Many skeptics of pacemaker recycling cite potential problems with sterilizing the extracted pacemaker and guaranteeing its mechanical ability for a second recipient. While these concerns may have been viable years ago technological developments and clinical research has proven them to be archaic."



Idea No. 15958