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    Soft skills training during a pandemic: Why it’s important, and how to do it

    In this article, the author discusses the importance of soft skills training during the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of their role in defining one’s employability and advancing both personal and team success in achieving goals. These training sessions will give employees an opportunity to connect virtually with their colleagues, improve morale, and provide skills that will increase productivity and create a more positive working environment. The article provides tools ...
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    510(k) Modernization: FDA Floats Need to Pursue New Authority

    Plans at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “modernize” the most commonly used pathway for new medical device clearances “might require new authority,” FDA leadership said on Monday. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Jeff Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), issued a joint statement to announce 2018 progress on novel device approvals, pointing out that the breakthrough 510(k) is one of two submission types that was new...
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    Industry Calls for Metrics on CDRH’s Breakthrough Device Program

    A consensus of industry participants at a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) webinar on Thursday pressed for metrics on the medical device priority review program run by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The webinar led by Maureen Dreher, policy analyst at CDRH’s Office of Device Evaluation, underscored the need for additional transparency around the Breakthrough Device Program. This request was supported across several participants during the ...
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    FDA Finalizes Breakthrough Device Guidance, Outlines Safer Technologies Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance detailing its breakthrough devices program and announced plans to bring safer medical device alternatives to market via a new safer technologies program (STeP).   “We continue to encourage device manufacturers to consider the breakthrough devices program for innovative, lifesaving devices, and, in the near future, our goal is to have STeP as an option for those devices with new advances and adaptat...
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    Knowing Regulations Not Enough, Says Expert who Will Help Guide RAPS Exec Program Participants

    RAPS' long-running Executive Development Program , which brings rising regulatory leaders to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for four days of intensive business training, has been consistently popular because it fills an increasing need. Most regulatory professionals come from science- or engineering-oriented backgrounds, with relatively few having had business training or experience. The growing recognition of the strategic importance of regu...
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    Are You a Rising Regulatory Leader? Learn Business Skills at RAPS Executive Development Program

    As William C. Putnam, PhD, RAC, argues in a  Regulatory Focus  thought piece  on the need for business skills within the regulatory profession, "regulatory professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of business, such as the business acumen provided by extensive on-the-job training, professional development programs or formal business training."  Regulatory Strategy Critical for Business Success The reasons for this are pretty clear. Regulatory issues can ...
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    Why Regulatory Professionals Need Business Training

    You are the senior regulatory professional in the board room overseeing a major development program. The program looks promising and all you need to be concerned about is the most expeditious and risk-free regulatory path to approval, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. The regulatory development path is typically much more complex and there are many business factors that drive the ultimate development strategy design. The most successful development programs tak...
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    Breakthrough Devices: FDA Issues Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a draft guidance detailing the agency's new program for breakthrough medical devices created by the 21st Century Cures Act . The new breakthrough devices program supersedes and combines several of the agency's existing programs to speed access to new devices. "Earlier and more frequent interaction between the FDA and manufacturers … should allow manufacturers to make the best use of their resources to bring st...
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    340B: Health System Execs Push Back on Narrowing of Drug Discount Program

    The House Energy & Commerce's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday discussed the federal 340B drug discount program, which provides participating hospitals and other medical providers deep discounts on outpatient drugs.  Background In 1992, Congress created the 340B program to mandate that pharmaceutical manufacturers provide discounts for certain drugs, which can range between 25% and 50% for average wholesale prices. The Health Services and ...
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    When Pfizer Needed Customized Training, The Enterprise Member Company Turned to RAPS

    When about 60 Pfizer employees convened last November at the company’s New York headquarters for a customized on-site, two-day training session, one of the key goals was establishing a common language. Attendees represented several groups with different, but related, roles within the company. Some were part of a pilot program of “core strategists,” a new role combining expertise in regulatory and chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC). Another group was made up...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...
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    MDSAP Update: Canada's 2019 Deadline Still on Track

    Speaking at RAPS' 2017 Convergence on Monday, officials from two international regulators and representatives from auditing organizations offered the latest on the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP). Background MDSAP is an effort by regulators in the Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the US to establish a single audit process, conducted by recognized third-party auditors, that can meet the requirements of regulators in each country. For manufacturers, MDSAP ...