Medical Device Manufacturers Assn. Reports No Increase in Lobbying
Posted at 11:40 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2013
Before and during the government shutdown medical device manufacturers have been pushing Congress to eliminate a 2.3% sales tax on medical devices, which could save the industry $30 billion over the next ten years, and yet one of their trade associations reported no change in lobbying expenditures for the third quarter of 2013.
The Medical Device Manufacturers Association, which describes itself as the voice of smaller companies, reported today it spent only $90,000 on lobbying during the third quarter of 2013. Earlier reports show the trade association had spent exactly $90,000 in each and every quarter since the beginning of 2009. View a multi-year listing of their spending.
The primary trade association of the industry is AdvaMed, the Advanced Technology Association, which claims to represent 80% of the medical technology firms in the United States. AdvaMed reported it spent $653,975 during the second quarter of 2013, $583,861 in the first quarter of 2013, $453,093 in the fourth quarter of 2012, and $267,490 in the third quarter of 2012.
The 2013 third quarter lobbying reports for AdvaMed and separate reports from individual medical device companies are due by October 21st.