MITA Presents 2017 “Legislator of the Year Award” To Congressman Peters

07.13.17

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) presented Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) 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 applaud Congressman Peters for his commitment to patients and the industry,” said Joe Robinson, chairman of MITA board of directors and senior vice president of health systems solutions at Philips Healthcare. “Because of his leadership, patients are a step closer to accessing the most innovative treatments on the market and peace of mind that medical devices used to treat them are serviced safely and effectively.”

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 Peters, along with Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA), 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.

“The innovation happening in medical imaging technology in places like San Diego and around the country brings cutting-edge treatments to patients faster and improves outcomes,” said Congressman Peters. “I’m honored to receive this award and will continue working to support patient safety and encourage job-creating innovation.”

Congressman Peters currently represents California’s 52nd Congressional District in the United States Congress and serves on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. California’s medical imaging technology companies fortify job creation by providing employment to 4,190 residents.

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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.