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"If there's any uncertainty, just don't wear it in the machine," Kweder said. "It's just the smart thing to do."
As for patch makers, FDA is reviewing every product's label to be sure ones that are supposed to carry the safety warning do. Some may be missing because a patch was reformulated to add metal after its label was written; other times FDA acknowledged it just didn't ensure the warning was present in the first place.
Now the agency is considering having an MRI warning somehow be put on the individual patch, not just the box it comes in.
"We have to look at the different configurations of these patches and what's going to be practical to allow for this," Kweder said.
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