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    Shuren and Stenzel: Bending the arc of testing for COVID – and beyond

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to rapidly authorize point-of-care and at-home tests during the COVID-19 pandemic could offer a roadmap for a broad effort to bring diagnostic and screening tests to homes and remote locations for a variety of diseases. “The development and authorization of COVID-19 [point-of-care] and at-home tests has been remarkable; a process that can often take more than a year took only a few months in many cases. We believe that les...
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    FDA offers real-world evidence examples in device applications

     The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering a detailed look at how real-world evidence sources – from registries to claims data – can be used to support marketing applications for medical devices.   A new report from the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) breaks down 90 examples in which real-world evidence was used to support final premarket or postmarket regulatory decisions from Fiscal Year 2012 through 2019. These examples include ...
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    Updated: FDA smooths the path for COVID screening tests

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include remarks and perspective from an FDA Town Hall for test developers.   At the one-year mark of the public health emergency of the pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing a smoother road to the authorization of COVID-19 tests to screen asymptomatic individuals.   On Tuesday, FDA issued a fact sheet for those who are interested in setting up screening programs, an update to its FAQ do...
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    COVID test developers get variant-related FDA guidance

    A new guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides considerations for developers of molecular, antigen and serology COVID-19 tests as they evaluate how viral mutations may affect test performance.   As variants in the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerge and spread, FDA has been monitoring mutations tracked in global databases and checking to see whether mutations are occurring in regions of the virus genome that various molecular tests target, explained the age...
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    First-in-world 3D printed bone replacement okayed by CDRH

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a first-in-world approval for a customized 3D-printed bone replacement. The Patient Specific Talus Spacer is designed to replace the talus bone, which sits at the top of the foot and forms part of the ankle joint, in patients with avascular necrosis (AVN) of the ankle.   Patients with ankle joint AVN number fewer than 8,000 yearly in the US, but the condition presents patients and their caregivers with dire options: ...
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    Shuren previews 2021 priorities for CDRH

    With much of his center’s 2020 agenda on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeffrey Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) on Thursday shared some of his hopes for next year on a call with the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.   “COVID-19 has essentially disrupted the trajectory of the medical device program in 2020. If you really think about it, 2021 is going to be a bit more of a reset,” Shuren said,...
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    Study: Few new drugs have high therapeutic value

    A new study published in The BMJ  finds that only a third of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the decade from 2007-2017 have high therapeutic value, according to appraisal by one of five independent organizations.   However, the analysis found that drugs approved through expedited programs – and especially EMA’s programs – were more likely to have high therapeutic value.   “Most of the incre...
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    CDRH updates at Convergence: COVID-19 and ISO 13485

    Top officials from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) responded to questions raised during the CDRH Forum at RAPS Convergence 2020 on Tuesday.   COVID-19   Opening the forum, CDRH Director Jeff Shuren said that one of CDRH’s priorities will be to determine how it can carry forward some of the flexibilities it has embraced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   “The greatest tragedy of the...
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    CDRH officials reflect on COVID diagnostics approach

    In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, top officials overseeing diagnostics at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reflect on lessons learned during the agency’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency.   On 4 February, just weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the US, FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a test developed by the Centers for Disease Control...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Fintepla, Dojolvi, Phesgo

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Fintepla gets the go-ahead for Dravet syndrome Zogenix’s Fintepla (fenfluramine) has been approved for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in patients aged 2 years or older. The syndrome is a rare, life-threatening form of epilepsy.   The approval was based on findings from two clinical studies in 202 participants aged ...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Zepzelca, Ilaris, Lyumjev

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Zepzelca handed accelerated approval for metastatic SCLC in adults Jazz Pharmaceuticals and PharmaMar’s Zepzelca (lurbinectedin) has been granted accelerated approval for adult patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) whose disease has progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy.   The indication was approved based o...
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    Device Firms Discuss Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Ahead of FDA Committee Meeting

    On 6 and 7 November, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medical devices advisory committee will meet to discuss the use of ethylene oxide (EO) to sterilize medical devices and the risks of infection with reprocessed duodenoscopes. The meeting comes as the agency is actively exploring new methods of sterilization, as sterilization facilities have closed down in recent months because of environmental concerns with emissions and as postmarket surveillance studies ...