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    Massive Recall of Medical Devices Largest Ever Recorded by FDA

    A massive medical device recall reported last week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the largest-ever single-day event on record, according to data recently made available by FDA. Background: Recall Trends The devices, which were manufactured by Puerto Rico-based device manufacturer Customed, Inc, were given a Class I recall classification —FDA's most serious recall classification, given to those devices in cases where "there is a reasonable probability t...
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    DEA, Following FDA Recommendation, to Toughen Regulation on Popular Class of Painkillers

    In a long-anticipated move, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it will now regulate all hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II drugs under federal law. The move follows an October 2013 recommendation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which also recommended that the drugs be regulated as Schedule II products under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), a 1970 law which places controls on substances known to be dangerous, prone to ...
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    Number of Drug Recalls Surges at FDA, Led by Mid-Level Concerns

    Recalls of pharmaceutical products have surged in recent years, and 2014 is already shaping up to be the biggest year for serious drug recalls in the last decade, according to data made publicly available by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last month. Background Pharmaceutical companies occasionally need to recall—that is to say, remove—products from the market. While the reasons for product recalls vary, they are commonly related to packaging defects, ...
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    Regulators Extend Comment Period on Proposed Overhaul of Device Reclassification System

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending by several months the comment period on a proposed rule which would make it easier for the agency to classify and reclassify medical devices in accordance with their perceived risk. Background The proposed regulation is required under a 2012 law known as the  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) .  Section 608 of the law  called for FDA to be given the authority to make classificati...
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    FDA Classifies Cellulite-Reducing Device as Class II

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will soon classify surgical instruments intended to improve "the appearance of cellulite" as Class II medical devices, making it easier for them to be brought to market. Background In the US, medical devices are regulated by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and subject to three general classifications: Class I (for low-risk devices) Class II (moderate-risk devices) Class III...
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    FDA Moves Three Device Types into Class II Special Controls

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed classifying three types of medical device products into its Class II regulatory controls scheme, subjecting them to special controls meant to ensure their efficacy, safety and quality. Background In the US, medical devices are regulated by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and subject to three general classifications: Class I (for low-risk devices), Class II (moderate risk) and Class III (high ...
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    FDA Proposes Strengthening Requirements for Rapid Flu Tests

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators are proposing to reclassify some Influenza Antigen Detection Test Systems into a higher-risk category than the systems now inhabit, citing potential for the devices to fail to detect newer versions of the virus. Background The devices, which are used to detect the presence of influenza in a clinical sample, were Classified as low-risk Class I medical devices in 1982. Class I devices only require the company to adhere to g...
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    FDA Down-Classifies Colon, Intravascular Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has proposed that two medical devices marketed prior to the 1976 Medical Device Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) be subject to less stringent regulation. In two separate Federal Register announcements, FDA said it would permit intravascular administration sets and colon capsule imaging systems, respectively, to be classified as Class II devi...
  • FDA Cracks Down on Transvaginal Mesh, Will Require Companies to Submit Data or Pull Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will seek to regulate transvaginal mesh products more stringently, calling them high-risk devices that will be required to undergo FDA's thorough premarket approval (PMA) process. Background Transvaginal mesh has been used to treat female urological conditions, and in particular those caused by weakened pelvic muscles, which can lead to a pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In the EU, they have been used since the...
  • FDA Loosens Regulatory Controls on Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to down-classify stair-climbing wheelchairs from class III to class II medical devices, meaning they will no longer require premarket approval. Background In the US, medical devices are classified according to risk. Class I medical devices represent the least risk to patients, and are often exempt from premarket regulatory oversight (so long as they meet FDA-defined standards). Class III devices represent the oppos...
  • China Announces Major Overhaul of Device Regulation

    On 31 March 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and China's State Council Legislative Affairs Office announced the first major overhaul of the regulations governing medical devices since the system's inception in April 2000.  The end product of six years of effort, the amended Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices are scheduled to go into effect on 1 June 2014, with additional implementing rules to be released over...
  • FDA Reclassifies Ophthalmic Device, Issues Special Controls

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will reclassify stainless steel scleral plugs as class II medical devices, thereby allowing the devices to be approved under the premarketing notification process [510(k)] instead of the premarket approval process. Background Scleral plugs are used to temporarily close scleral-the sclera is the white of the eye-incisions made during eye surgery. For example, during a trabeculectomy, a small circular hole is...