As part of the openFDA project, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows software to access data from the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.

From the FDA blog: “In addition to food and drugs, FDA has regulatory oversight of tens of thousands of medical devices ranging from bandages and prosthetics to heart valves and robotics. These products are used by millions of Americans, and they are essential, well-performing tools of modern healthcare, but occasionally they present a safety issue due to risks not identified in prior studies, a malfunction, a problem with manufacturing, or misuse.” 

The data can be used to provide insight into how to make safer and more effective medical technologies.

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