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    Help Wanted: FDA Seeks Digital Health Entrepreneurs

    Details of how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to tackle the growing digital health industry are slowly trickling out, and on Wednesday the agency announced it will establish an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program to support and help develop its Software Precertification (PreCert) Pilot Program. The idea is to embed these entrepreneurs for a minimum of three days per week on FDA’s White Oak campus to help analyze software business processes...
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    Drug Reimbursement in Canada

    This article provides a high-level overview of the elements of prescription drug reimbursement in Canada and discusses the costs, processes and reimbursement plans associated with a number of federal health agencies and payers and describes some of the variety of drug plans in place. The Regulatory–Reimbursement Interface Community (out-patient) drug reimbursement is usually considered after a drug has received regulatory approval from Health Canada. Regulatory proces...
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    Wearable Technologies and Mobile Health Devices: Changing Medical Research and Delivering Better Patient Outcomes

    This article discusses how wearable technologies and mobile health devices are changing medical practice and improving patient outcomes with the potential to lower research and development costs and impact reimbursement. Introduction Wearable technologies and mobile Health (mHealth) devices are increasingly helping patients report meaningful outcomes and manage their conditions while enhancing their quality of life. Wearable technologies are "smart" electronic devices...
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    The Value of Health Technology Assessment Scientific Advice

    In recent years, particularly in Europe, a paradigm shift in the regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) environment has led to an increase in multi-stakeholder acceptance of integrated scientific advice. This article discusses how using integrated scientific advice can support companies in optimizing their product development programs and generate evidence relevant to regulators, HTA bodies and payers. Introduction In recent years, there has been an increas...
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    Professors Offer 3 Questions on FDA’s New Digital Health Framework

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent push to reshape how it regulates digital health products with shifts to third-party certification and more postmarket reviews is called into question by three law professors in Health Affairs , who offer up three questions about the direction of the plan. First, the professors from Southern Methodist University, Indiana University and Harvard write that the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act does not includ...
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    Apple Continues Push Into Device Industry With New Patent Filing

    Last week, tech behemoth Apple signaled its interest in further pursuing the development of new medical devices with a new patent granted for an electronic device that "computes health data." According to the patent , the device computes health data based on sensors and electrical contacts with one or more body parts of the user. The device, comprised of a camera, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor and a processing unit communicably coupled to the camera...
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    FDA Offers More Details on Digital Health Precertification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week sought to answer some frequently asked questions regarding the rollout of its new precertification pilot program for digital health products, which is expected to begin 1 September and only include nine participating companies. The third-party certification program, first announced in June by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, will assess developers based on their software development, validation and mai...
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    FDA Updates on Digital Health Plans, Software Pre-Certification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new details on its plans for regulating digital health technologies, including more information about its upcoming pilot program to pre-certify software-based medical devices. According to the agency's newly released Digital Health Innovation Action Plan , FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to improve the landscape for digital health technologies by developing guidance on the medic...
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    FDA Updates on Two ICH Guidelines

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued updates related to two International Conference for Harmonization (ICH) guidelines, including a revised guideline on the efficacy portion of the common technical document (CTD) and changes to ICH's list for permitted daily exposure (PDE) to solvents. For the first update, FDA issued a draft guidance for public comment in line with ICH's revised guideline on the efficacy portion of the CTD, M4E(R2) – Efficacy , w...
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    Health Canada Opens Consultation on Mandatory Adverse Drug Reaction, Device Incident Reports

    Health Canada on Tuesday opened up a consultation on changes to the country's Food and Drug Regulations and Medical Devices Regulations that would make it mandatory for certain health care institutions to report serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs). "Reports about serious ADRs and MDIs can be important signals of emerging safety issues. Such post-market observations can also lead to improved safety information about a product," ...
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    Novel Trial Endpoints Generated by Mobile Tech: CTTI Offers Recommendations

    The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), a public-private partnership established by Duke University and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on Monday released new recommendations on developing novel clinical trial endpoints generated by mobile technology. Such mobile technology can offer new ways to collect objective measurements of clinical trial participants as they go about their daily lives. And though the use of such novel endpoints, whi...
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    FDA Issues Draft Q&A on Electronic Systems in Clinical Investigations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a draft questions and answers guidance to clarify expectations for using electronic systems, including electronic records, cloud computing and mobile technology, in clinical investigations. Specifically, the guidance provides 28 questions and answers detailing how drugmakers, clinical investigators, clinical research organizations (CROs) and institutional review boards (IRBs) can ensure such electronic systems m...