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    Here’s what’s new in Fundamentals of Medical Device Regulations, Fifth Edition

    Changing regulations are nothing new for regulatory professionals operating in the medical device sector, but 2022 cemented milestones no one in the profession can ignore. The fifth edition of Fundamentals of Medical Device Regulations provides a current view of regulations governing medical devices and IVD and addresses the impact of the application of EU Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) as well as other important changes to...
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    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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    FDA explains when it will rescind breakthrough designations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance explaining its thought process for rescinding breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) during its evaluation of a drug.   While FDA has long asserted its authority to rescind or withdraw BTDs, the new guidance will add clarity for sponsors as to when the agency might revoke the designation. Since designation was created under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act in 2012,...
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    First in vitro diagnostic for early Alzheimer’s detection gets FDA blessing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the first in vitro diagnostic to help diagnose early Alzheimer’s disease. The agency said the test minimizes radiation risks to patients who otherwise would need to be tested with positron emission tomography (PET) scans.   On 4 May, FDA announced it has given the green light to Fujirebio Diagnostics’ de novo application for its Lumipulse G β-Amyloid Ratio (1-42/1-40) test, which is intended for patients ages...
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    Report: Using RWD to evaluate AI-enabled clinical decision support tools

    A new analysis from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy outlines the data elements that real-world data (RWD) sources would need to capture in order to evaluate the performance of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled clinical decision support tools, as well as the ongoing challenges related to data quality, privacy and security.   AI-enabled clinical decision support tools can be difficult to evaluate after deployment because of the non-standardized nature of el...
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    January’s Regulatory Focus: Leadership in RA, expanding diversity, and more

    Feature articles during January focused on regulatory leadership, a novel approach to hiring regulatory professionals, expedited programs for reducing time to approval for certain drugs, and the Cuban biotechnology industry and its response to COVID-19. Keywords – assessment aid, breakthrough therapy, Cuba, diversity, ILAP, leadership, PRIME   Leadership, hiring, and expanding diversity Effective leadership in regulatory affairs is rooted in an understanding a...
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    FDA: Device breakthrough program surpassed expectations, while novel device authorizations fell in 2021

    In its 2021 annual report, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) said that it cleared, approved or authorized a record 13 devices with breakthrough status, though the number of novel devices it authorized fell from its peak last year.   The report also discusses the center’s actions to address device shortages, thanks to new funding from Congress, as well as its COVID-19 pandemic response, patient engagement and d...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    FDA expands eSTAR filing to de novo devices, IVDs

    US medical device and in vitro diagnostic sponsors who are using the Food and Drug Administration’s de novo pathway will be able to use the eSTAR filing format at the beginning of 2022. A pilot program for the eSTAR template that kicked off in 2020 began with a template for 510(k) device submissions.   Nine companies participated in that pilot program that trialed the interactive, PDF-based filing format. Use of eSTAR was expanded in September 2020 to include all 5...
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    Smiths Medical warned by FDA for multiple violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Smiths Medical in Minneapolis, MN with a warning letter for inadequate procedures for handling medical device reports (MDRs), faulty handling of complaints, inadequate validation processes, and lax corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) procedures. The company makes blood warmers and infusion pumps.   The warning letter was issued on 1 October and posted on 23 November. It follows a recent recall of the company’s ...
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    FDA inspection turns up more problems for Philips Respironics

    Hundreds of thousands of complaints from users of Philips Respironics’ breathing assistance devices have been inadequately addressed by the firm, according to recent information released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The release of an inspection report and FDA’s accompanying statement provides more detail on what Philips knew, and what the firm did – or did not do – to remedy known problems with degradation of foam components in its breathing devices.   ...
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    FDA issues draft guidance for device software in premarket submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for sponsors outlining its thinking about the documentation needed to support the agency’s evaluation of device software functions for premarket submissions.   The agency said the guidance recognizes the “rapidly evolving nature of digital health and recent FDA recognized consensus standards related to software” and, when finalized, will serve as an update to the Guidance for the Content of Premark...