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    CDRH Issues Final Orders on 6 Medical Device Classifications

    A set of final orders issued by the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday established new classifications for six device types.   The final orders cover devices indicated for use in surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology and neurology, and classify five new device types into class II (special controls) and one into class I. The classifications were developed based on the de novo classification requests CDRH rece...
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    CDRH Finalizes Classifications on Herpes Virus IVD, Limb Tremor Stimulator

    In final orders issued Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) classified two new device types into class II (special controls).   The two devices are named “herpes virus nucleic acid-based cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesion panel” and “external upper limb tremor stimulator.”   Both of the new de novo classifications are intended to “enhance patients’ access to beneficial innovative devices, in part by reduci...
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    CDRH Requests Labeling Changes on Certain Pen Needles

    In a letter to manufacturers of pen needles designed to be used with injectors, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for labeling updates to address the adverse events associated with improper patient use.   The request comes after the agency became aware of the reported incidents of hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis and at least one patient death through medical device reports and FDA’s adverse ev...
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    Special 510(k)s: FDA Seeks Input to Expand Eligibility

    Device manufacturers have two months to help inform US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on its Special 510(k) Program.   The 32-page draft guidance for industry and FDA staff is intended to update the policies set forth when the program was launched in 1998. At the time, modifications to the intended use of a device or any labeling changes were deemed inappropriate for special 510(k) submissions.   “We are proposing to evaluate whether design a...
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    FDA Discusses Device Least Burdensome Provisions in New Draft Guidance

    After signaling that it would shift more of the regulatory oversight of medical devices to the postmarket setting, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a new draft guidance detailing updates to its least burdensome approach to regulating devices. FDA's least burdensome provisions were first introduced under the FDA Modernization Act (FDAMA) in 1997, and since then, both the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) and the 21st Century Cures Act...
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    What New CDRH Guidance is Coming in FY 2018: Alternative 510(k) Pathway and More

    While recognizing that comparison testing for 510(k) applicants can be outdated, especially for newer medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that in the first quarter of 2018, new draft guidance will be released to address an alternative pathway for demonstrating substantial equivalence. The creation of this voluntary, alternative 510(k) pathway, first announced back in September , "will allow more flexibility to use more moder...
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    When to Submit a New 510(k): FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized two guidances detailing when a new 510(k) is required for changes made to medical devices or their software. In August 2016, FDA released the two draft guidances, five years after the agency's first attempt to replace its 1997 guidance on 510(k) changes. But the agency withdrew the 2011 draft guidance after Congress ordered it to rethink the policies discussed in that version, which industry complained woul...
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    FDA Issues 8 Guidances on Device User Fees, MDUFA IV Goals & Pre-Submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued seven new or updated guidances offering advice to medical device makers on its user fee programs and how FDA and industry actions impact the performance goals set by the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). In its MDUFA IV commitments, FDA agreed to tighter timelines to reach decisions for most medical device submissions in exchange for increased user fees and the introduction of a n...
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    CDRH Plots Creation of New 'Super Office,' Alternative 510(k) Pathway

    Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told attendees at the final session at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, that his center is plotting the creation of a new "super office." The so-called "Total Product Life Cycle 'Super' Office" will integrate premarket, postmarket surveillance and quality-compliance functions, Shuren said, noting it will be "a big deal." The o...
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    FDA Plans to Finalize 510(k) Change Guidances Ahead of November Deadline

    An official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the agency is working to finalize two draft guidances detailing when a new 510(k) is required for changes to medical devices and their software before the 8 November 2017 deadline set by the 21st Century Cures Act . In August 2016, FDA released the two draft guidances , five years after the agency's first attempt to replace its 1997 guidance on the topic. But, FDA withdrew the 2011 draft guidance after ...
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    FDA Finalizes List of 1,003 Class II Device Types Exempt From 510(k) Requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized a list of 1,003 types of class II medical devices that the agency believes do not present risks that require premarket notification review to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. Established under the 21st Century Cures Act, the list, first published in draft form in March , is part of efforts to decrease regulatory burdens and costs for the device industry. For the complete f...
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    AdvaMed Urges Supreme Court to Take Up Case on 510(k) Review Process

    Does a medical device cleared under the US Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) application mean that it is safe or that the device is just "substantially equivalent" to a legally marketed device? That's the question industry group AdvaMed wants the US Supreme Court to answer. In an amicus curiae brief filed with the nation's top court last week, AdvaMed takes issue with a decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which upheld a $3.27 million j...