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US senators propose bill to force finalization of OTC rules

Two US senators are, by all appearances, done waiting on the FDA to finalize rules pertaining to the upcoming over-the-counter hearing aid sales channel, and are introducing legislation to impose a 30-day deadline for the authority.

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Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren have introduced a bill that would increase the pressure on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue its final rule for the upcoming over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid sales channel in the US, reports industry media Hearing Review.

The proposed legislation, dubbed Delivering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Now Act, would give the authority 30 days to provide the final guidelines after enactment, and follows the FDA’s OTC proposal from October 2021.

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