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    Shuren: Let’s take regulatory flexibility beyond COVID-19

    Congressionally authorized regulatory flexibility could provide medical device manufacturers with more options and help the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) better monitor product safety and efficacy, according to Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).   “There really is a need for more flexibility to have agile regulation,” said Shuren during a fireside chat on 22 March at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy’s d...
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    New MDCG guidance shows how devices fit into MDR’s classification rules

    The European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordinating Group (MDCG) on Monday issued a guidance to help manufacturers classify their devices under the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) before they are placed on the EU market.   Under the MDR , which went into effect on 26 May 2021, devices are divided into four classes: I, IIa, IIb and III. Devices are ranked according to risk from class I for the lowest-risk devices to class III for the highest.  Annex VIII of the...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    APEC Members See Increased Regulatory Convergence

    Countries involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are better aligning their regulatory schemes related to drugs and medical devices, according to a new survey unveiled Monday at an APEC meeting in Chile. The survey shows how between 2008 and 2019, APEC countries are seeing modest increases in: Sharing information (from 16 APEC economies to 19 economies) Establishing confidentiality commitments (from 12 economies to 15) Sharing good manufacturing pr...
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    FTC Settles Complaint Over Deceptive Marketing of Unapproved Cancer Products

    The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday announced it has reached a settlement with CellMark Biopharma related to the company's claims about marketing efforts to sell two of its unapproved products. The settlement comes less than a year after FDA sent CellMark an advisory letter notifying the company that it must remove claims from its website and other materials indicating that CellAssure could treat or prevent cancer. FDA said that the company would need to ...
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    Perspective: Regulatory Bill Could be Dangerous for FDA, Public Health

    A bill making its way through Congress could end up having "potentially disastrous consequences" for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health, professors from the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law at Harvard Medical School and the Georgia State University College of Law, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. The bill, known as the Regulatory Accountability Act , has been promoted as a way to decrease burdensome regul...
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    Major Deregulation? FDA Withdraws Several Rules and Regulations Related to Medical Products

    Almost a year ago, President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical executives that his administration would cut 75% to 80% of FDA regulations, "at a level no one has ever seen before." Since those comments last January , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn the most rulemakings of any Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, though only a handful are related to medical products (the others are tobacco related) and it's unclear how the wi...
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    UK Industry Group Sees More Complaints Against Pharma Members in 2016

    The Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority (PMCPA), which oversees the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry's (ABPI) code of practice, says it saw more complaints about drugmakers' promotional materials and activities in 2016 than in the previous year. In 2016, PMCPA saw a 41% jump in the number of complaints it received over 2015, with 76 complaints compared to 54. These complaints led to 100 cases covering 420 individual matters, as many of the...
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    CMS Revisits Biosimilar Payment Policy: Industry Comments Signal Expected Changes

    A tweak to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems (CMS) billing code system that could come later this week would have a big impact in making US biosimilars more competitive with their reference products. Background CMS' Medicare Part B program currently pays for biosimilars under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) based on the average sales price (ASP) of all biosimilar products within the same Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code, which means...
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    First Implementing Act Under EU MDR, IVDR Open for Consultation

    The first implementing act for the EU’s new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) is open for comments until next Wednesday. Implementing acts allow the commission to tease out the intricacies of the legislation and this first one is related to the Notified Body product codes for medical devices and IVDs. The codes, included in the implementing regulation's annexes, are used to categorize the fields of expertise of the NBs ...
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    New E&Y MedTech Report Highlights Growth, Regulatory Questions

    Ernst & Young on Monday released a new report on how the global medical technology (medtech) industry grew by 5% in 2016, with US and EU medtech companies seeing net income increase 17%, though several regulatory and legislative question marks are on the horizon. In addition to the improvements seen in income and revenue growth in 2016 when compared to 2015, the report also shows that overall, US and European medtech financing increased 101% in 2016, to $43.9 billi...
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    FDA Wants to Know What Regulations and Paperwork Requirements Need to Go

    As part of work under two executive orders, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) centers on Thursday sought comments on which existing regulations and related paperwork requirements could be modified, repealed or replaced, to reduce the burden on industry while allowing FDA to continue its public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. Back in February, when President Donald Trump first announced his order to reduce regulatory burdens, several exper...