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    Managing the challenges of the new IVDR: Lessons from the pandemic

    This article details how regulatory intelligence can help medtech companies assess the impact of the new EU legislative framework for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). Using the example of COVID-19 antigen tests, the author looks at how regulatory intelligence helped device manufacturers manage the changes in regulations during the pandemic and how the lessons learned can support the industry in assessing and planning for the impact of the new legislative framework for IVDs tha...
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    Dietary supplement class actions: Recent overlap with traditional FDA enforcement

    This article provides an overview of class action lawsuits targeting the dietary supplement industry. Recent trends indicate that companies should look beyond regulatory compliance and consider how a “reasonable consumer” would interpret claims in labeling, even claims that comply with FDA requirements. There are also important steps companies can take to prevent these lawsuits, as well as defenses that courts seem increasingly willing to accept. By staying aware of the cl...
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    FDA Proposes Additional Class II Devices to be Exempt From 510(k) Requirements

    Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday proposed to exempt additional class II medical devices under five different product codes from 510(k) requirements. The proposed exemptions follow the finalization of a list in July 2017 of 1,003 types of class II devices that the agency also said do not present risks that require premarket notification. But for four of the five product codes proposed on Thursday, FDA has ...
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    Edwards Recalls Part of Transcatheter Heart System After One Death

    Last month, Edwards Lifesciences recalled its SAPIEN 3 Ultra Delivery System after reports of burst balloons during implantation, resulting in significant difficulty retrieving the valve into the catheter and withdrawing the system from the patient, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday. FDA said 17 injuries and one death were reported at the time when Edwards initiated the Field Corrective Action early last month. “The use of affected product may caus...
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    European Parliament Passes SPC Waiver in Landslide Vote

    The European Parliament on Wednesday voted through a proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) by an overwhelming majority, with more than 75% of members voting in favor of the measure.   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse b...
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    EU Takes Another Step Towards Adopting SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union’s proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) is one step closer to adoption after EU ambassadors endorsed a compromise reached on 14 February with the European Parliament during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper) on Wednesday.   Now that the draft regulation has been agreed to, it will undergo a legal and linguistic review before being sent to the European Parliament and C...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    EU Advances SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Union's proposal to allow manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPC) took a step forward on Wednesday after EU ambassadors backed the EU Council's position on the proposed regulation during a meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (Coreper).   "The draft regulation is expected to remove the competitive disadvantages faced by EU-based manufacturers of generics and biosimilars vis-à-vis manufacturers established o...
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    Generic and Branded Industry Groups Spar Over EU SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on Monday voted to adopt a draft opinion supporting changes to an amendment that would allow for manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse be...
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    PMA Denials: Why so Few?

    In the pharmaceutical industry, complete response letters, or rejections, are a common occurrence. And though they aren’t frequently explained in detail publicly, the public is still usually notified that the company has received such a letter. But in the world of medical devices, failing to win approval for a high-risk device is a much more closely held secret, and companies can withdraw their applications rather than be denied approval.   A Federal Register notice ...
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    FDA Pushes Back Enforcement of UDI Requirements for Class I, Unclassified Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that it will delay its enforcement of certain unique device identification (UDI) system requirements for class I and unclassified devices by two years. A Federal Register notice on guidance released Friday, which FDA said takes effect immediately, said: "FDA does not intend to enforce standard date formatting, labeling, and Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) data submission requirements under Ag...
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    Device Recalls in 2017: Making Sense of the Numbers

    Each year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designates anywhere from dozen to hundreds of medical device recalls as Class I, indicating that the risk addressed by the recall could potentially cause serious injury or death. But it can be difficult to quantify the number of device recalls in a year, given the multiple data sources from FDA, including a listing of annual Class I and other significant recalls , a device recalls database and a data dashboard . B...