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    FDA Announces Streamlined Review Pathway for DTC Genetic Tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday detailed its plans to make it easier for companies developing direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic health risk (GHR) tests to get those tests on the market. To do so, FDA is proposing a model similar to a pilot for digital health products, by which companies can be pre-certified to market low-risk software-based devices following an assessment of their systems for software design, validation and maintenance. Similarly, F...
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    Microbiome, Diet, Health, and Disease: Policy Needs to Move Forward

    This article covers policy needs concerning the rapidly evolving field of microbiome and diets with respect to health and disease. It captures some key outcomes of a multi-stakeholder dialogue (Brussels, May 2016), spearheaded by a joint effort of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish Government (Belgium), to help design and/or interpret regulatory frameworks for food and dru...
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    NDI Guidance: The Waiting Game

    This article discusses FDA's publication of its revised draft of Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues: Guidance for Industry (2016 Draft Guidance) and the implications regarding the lack of finalization in the year following its publication. The authors make suggestions regarding what companies may begin doing prior to and in anticipation of eventual finalization. Introduction Regarding how dietary supplements should be regulate...
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    Health Canada Seeks to Update User Fees for Drug and Device Firms

    Health Canada this week opened for consultation a proposal to update and increase some of the fees it assesses for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, noting that the last update came in 2011 and was based on 2007 data. In addition to increasing some fees significantly (see more below on some of the changes), the proposal would also give new authority to Health Canada to withdraw or withhold service or approval if a fee is not paid, and all fees moving fo...
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    Canada Reimbursement Profile

    This profile summarizes reimbursement processes in Canada, presents information for key stakeholders and highlights what should be considered early in the development process. Obtaining regulatory approval for medicines is the first major hurdle of most pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies looking to launch their products worldwide. However, obtaining market access once products are approved by regulatory agencies (e.g., Health Canada) is a separate and crucial p...
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    Apple, Verily and J&J Among 9 Selected for FDA Digital Health Pilot

    US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took the stage Tuesday at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, unveiling the nine companies selected among 103 applicants to participate in the agency’s precertification pilot for digital health applications. FDA  launched the pre-cert pilot  in July as part of the agency’s  Digital Health Innovation Action Plan. The pilot participants, representing a range of companies and technology in the ...
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    MedTech Industry Sees Challenges in Restarting Operations, Helping Puerto Rico

    With more than three million Americans in Puerto Rico facing no electricity because of Hurricane Maria, medical device and biopharmaceutical companies, many of which have manufacturing facilities on the island, are doing what they can to work with the US government to help their employees and restart operations. A spokesman from MedTech industry group AdvaMed told Focus at the group’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California on Monday that the group is working w...
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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...