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Reuse of Medical Devices and Global Health Equity

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD; and Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD
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From Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-2266.

Requests for Single Reprints: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 641 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Farmer and Bukhman: Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 641 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(8):591-592. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-8-201210160-00015
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In this issue, Pavri and colleagues report on their experience of implanting reused, resterilized ICDs donated from the United States to India. They address the question of the usefulness of ICDs with 3 or more years of battery life remaining after explantation or patient death. This editorial discusses the use of ICDs, and how the deployment of such devices would contribute to “global health equity”—the just distribution of the fruits of scientific and medical research.

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