WASHINGTON — Just call it the “surf and turf” caucus.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., used that phrase Monday to describe her working with Sen. Angus King of Maine to introduce health technology legislation.
King is officially an independent who aligns with Senate Democrats. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also joined them in proposing the legislation, which would clarify the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory process.
Under current law, the FDA has the ability to assert its authority over an array of products, including mobile wellness applications and scheduling software. Fischer said the proposed legislation would keep the FDA's resources focused on products that pose the highest risk to human health.
“In doing so, it also gives regulatory certainty to innovators and job creators who are developing these new products that use data safely to improve health care and also to reduce its cost,” Fischer said.