MITA Presents 2017 “Legislator of the Year Award” to Congressman Costello

07.13.17

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) presented Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA) with a 2017 “Legislator of the Year Award” for his commitment to patients through his support of consistent medical device servicing requirements and improving access to cutting edge diagnostic imaging innovation.

“We appreciate the steps Congressmen Costello has taken to protect patients and improve access for those who rely on the safety, effectiveness and reliability of medical imaging technology,” said Joe Robinson, chairman of MITA board of directors and senior vice president of health systems solutions at Philips Healthcare. “In an increasingly polarizing political landscape, it is encouraging to see our leaders defy party politics to prioritize patients and their families.”

The MITA 2017 “Legislator of the Year Award” recognizes members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding, ongoing efforts to promote patient safety and access to the latest innovations in diagnostic imaging. In June, Congressman Costello, along with Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), introduced H.R. 2009, the “Fostering Innovation in Medical Imaging Act of 2017,” and H.R. 2118, the “Medical Device Servicing and Accountability Act.” H.R. 2009 will improve patient access to the latest medical imaging technology by clarifying the FDA’s authority to continue considering and clearing new indications for imaging device manufacturers, while providing contrast agent manufacturers with incentives to update contrast agent labels for products that have previously been approved. H.R. 2118 will ensure consistent medical device servicing requirements for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and third-party vendors. Costello and Peters’ bipartisan efforts also resulted in the passage of related amendments during the Energy & Commerce committee markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017.

Congressman Costello currently represents Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District in the United States Congress and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pennsylvania’s medical imaging technology companies deliver $2.8 billion in economic activity and employ nearly 12,000 people.

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The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for advanced medical imaging technology. For more information, visit www.medicalimaging.org. Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.