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Senators Urge FDA to Ban ESDs

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Senators Urge FDA to Ban ESDs

September 30, 2016
In a letter (attached below) dated September 22, six senators urged Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf to finalize a proposed rule that would ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. Calling the use of ESDs "inhumane", the letter calls for an end to the "outrageous" practice. The letter is the direct result of ANCOR's work with Senator Chris Murphy's (D-CT) office, in collaboration with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD's) Rights task force. ANCOR submitted comments to the proposed rule supporting the ban, and also signed onto letters urging that the rule take effect as quickly as possible. (See WICs article, "ANCOR Among 193 Organizations to Urge FDA to Finalize Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices," June 3, 2016.) 
 
The senators who sent the letter to the FDA commissioner are: Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Al Franken (D-MN).