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Sue Darcey

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Washington, D.C.
Sue Darcey is a senior reporter covering the medical device and diagnostics industry. Her current fields of expertise and interest include monitoring medical device post market performance and safety, development of new genomic and laboratory developed tests, the influence of industry lobbying and campaign contributions over Senators’ and Representatives’ voting practices and lawmaking on devices, and FDA approvals of diagnostics for emerging diseases, including tests for Ebola and Zika viruses. A Washington, D.C.-based trade journalist with over 30 years’ experience covering Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies including FDA, CMS and the Environmental Protection Agency, Sue is constantly on the look-out for any problems or safety issues connected to device use, ways that firms resolve those issues, and any new regulations that arise from the challenges. 
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US House Agrees To Retain 8% Boost In Funding For FDA's Device Center Next Year

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Device Week, 14 June 2019: Genomic Spy Games?

In this week's Medtech Insight podcast, executive editor Shawn M. Schmitt and senior reporter Sue Darcey discuss recent reporting on efforts by US senators to control and stop Chinese researchers in the US from using their research jobs at the National Institutes of Health, and at American medical colleges and universities, to steal genomic data and share it with the Chinese government.

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US Legislators To Rein In Surprise Laboratory, Imaging, Other Health-Care Bills

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee held a hearing on 12 June on proposed legislation to end “surprise medical billing,” spurred in part by out-of-network laboratory and advanced imaging bills, while Senate HELP Committee leaders continued to promote their own draft Lower Health Care Cost Act, addressing similar issues.

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