Four U.S. Senators have introduced legislation requiring the Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule establishing a unique device identifier for implantable devices by the end of 2012.

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) introduced the Ensuring Safe Medical Devices for Patients Act. It does not yet have a bill number, but soon will be available at

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