Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics
The President's Council on Bioethics (Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, Chairman) will hold its thirty-fourth meeting, at which it will discuss its projected white paper on ethical questions in medical care reform as well as hear and discuss presentations on two additional topics, i.e., exercises of conscience in the practice of the health professions and futility in clinical judgments at the end of life. Subjects discussed at past Council meetings (although not on the agenda for the September 2008 meeting) include: Therapeutic and reproductive cloning, assisted reproduction, reproductive genetics, neuroscience, aging retardation, organ transplantation, personalized medicine, and lifespan-extension. Publications issued by the Council to date include: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry (July 2002); Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness (October 2003); Being Human: Readings from the President's Council on Bioethics (December 2003); Monitoring Stem Cell Research (January 2004), Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies (March 2004), Alternative Sources of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: A White Paper (May 2005), Taking Care: Ethical Caregiving in Our Aging Society (September 2005), and Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics (March 2008). Reports are forthcoming on three topics: Controversies in the determination of death; organ donation, procurement, allocation, and transplantation; and newborn screening.
Medical Devices; Radiology Devices; Reclassification of Bone Sonometers
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of July 17, 2008 (73 FR 40967). The final rule reclassified bone sonometer devices from class III into class II, subject to special controls. The document contained an inadvertent error regarding the impact of the final rule on small businesses. This document corrects that error.