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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    While recognizing that comparison testing for 510(k) applicants can be outdated, especially for newer medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that in the first quarter of 2018, new draft guidance will be released to address an alternative pathway for demonstrating substantial equivalence.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 But the agency withdrew the 2011 draft guidance after Congress ordered it to rethink the policies discussed in that version, which industry complained woul...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...
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    FDA Unveils List of Reusable Devices Requiring New Validation Data

    Following superbug outbreaks after issues with reprocessing certain medical devices, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a list of devices that the agency will require validated instructions for use and validation data regarding cleaning, disinfection and sterilization in premarket notification submissions.  The list comes thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act (section 3059), which requires FDA to identify and publish a list of reusable...
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    Navigating the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA)

    This article examines the benefits for both FDA and the medical device industry derived from "user fees" authorized by the passage of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA 2002) and its subsequent reauthorizations. 1 Introduction The category "medical devices" encompasses a wide variety of products intended for diagnosing diseases or other conditions as well as the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. 2 Among its responsibilities, the US Food and D...
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    When to Submit a 510(k) (Devices and Software): A Regulatory Perspective

    This article explores key elements of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) latest draft guidance to industry for deciding when to submit a new 510(k) for medical device hardware and software design changes. The potential business impact is assessed and suggestions are provided for what companies need to do to align with FDA's current thinking. Introduction The design of a medical device often evolves over time. Design changes may be in response to changes in ...
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    505(b)(2) Approval Pathway: Not Necessarily Shorter Approval Times

    With a goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of studies performed on a previously approved drug, the 505(b)(2) pathway allows for a more streamlined development and approval process, but for new drug applications (NDAs), the pathway has not led to shorter approval times, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Background Established under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments of 1984 to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosme...
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    Medical Device Performance Goals: FDA Offers a Quarterly Update

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released its latest performance data, revealing that the number of premarket applications (PMAs) for devices with a major deficiency letter on the first FDA review cycle is up to its highest level ever, and up more than 25% since 2015. On the approval side, FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) continues to approve PMAs at a high rate and almost as quickly as the agency ever has. For 510(...