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DMA DIRECTOR URGES CONGRESS TO STOP GPO KICKBACKS

March 17, 2006
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The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) has asked Congress to eliminate anticompetitive practices in the hospital supply industry that deny patient access to life-saving medical technologies.

MDMA Executive Director Mark Leahey urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to protect patients from the anticompetitive and exclusionary practices employed by certain large hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs).

Leahey's testimony occurred during the fourth hearing the Judiciary Subcommittee has conducted on GPO marketplace abuses since 2002. The Hearing, entitled "Hospital Group Purchasing: Are the Industry's Reforms Sufficient to Ensure Competition?," focused on the effectiveness of self-policing codes of conduct implemented by the GPO industry.