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    OIG Report on FDA’s Postmarket Surveillance of Devices Coming in 2020

    The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) will issue a report next year on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) postmarket surveillance of medical devices, which has come under fire in recent months. OIG says it will assess and describe how FDA's “established passive postmarket surveillance system” identifies and tracks safety concerns and responds to them. “We will also describe how elements of FDA's newer surveillance ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Convenience Kit UDI Marking

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance Thursday to provide medical device manufacturers clarifications on unique device identification (UDI) marking policies for convenience kits. The guidance finalized the 2016 draft version of the document, developed by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and its Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Combination products and in vitro diagnostics subject to labeling requirements fall ou...
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    Australia Unveils Device Action Plan

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a three-part medical device action plan, part of which will make adverse event reports more timely, as well as enhance public awareness on and the agency and device regulatory system. The plan also identifies additional opportunities for TGA to increase transparency, with stakeholder consultations on proposed changes to regulatory requirements and forthcoming guidance materials. Until early 2020, potential c...
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    FDA Panel Recommends New Postmarket Requirements for Breast Implants

    As part of efforts to make breast implants safer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider additional postmarket data reporting requirements on breast implant manufacturers, the agency’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel suggested after a two-day meeting. On whether to remove textured breast implants from the US market as other countries have done, the panel argued data is lacking to support such a recommendation as it would reduce options for p...
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    Breast Implant Manufacturers Draw FDA Warning Letters Over Post-Approval Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters this week to two breast implant manufacturers over their failures to comply with FDA’s post-approval study (PAS) requirements. The warning letters were made public by FDA late Tuesday and sent to Sientra and Mentor Worldwide on Monday for being in violation of two of the seven requirements established as part of their devices’ conditional approvals. They underscore an emerging FDA enforcement trend around PA...
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    FDA Flags Higher Death Rates Linked to Use of Abiomed Heart Pump in Post-approval Study

    A temporary heart pump manufactured by Massachusetts-based Abiomed prompted a US Food and Drug Administration letter to health care providers on Monday over an increased rate of mortality. The letter cites interim results from Abiomed’s January report on a post approval study (PAS) that was mandated by the agency as a condition for the 2017 FDA approval of the Abiomed Impella RP System. “A total of 44 out of 60 patients (73.3%) survived to 30 days post device explant...
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    Sentinel: FDA Outlines Five-Year Roadmap

    As the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Sentinel Initiative approaches its 11 th anniversary, the agency on Wednesday laid out its vision for enhancing the system over the next five years.   First launched as a pilot program in 2008, the Sentinel Initiative encompasses FDA’s effort to meet obligations set by Congress in the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act to develop a system for active postmarket risk identification and analysis for medical p...
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    Health Canada Details Medical Device Action Plan

    Health Canada issued a new action plan on Thursday, detailing a three-part strategy intended to improve safety, oversight and quality in the Canadian medical device ecosystem.   The move follows on the heels of an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists investigation into patient harm linked to surgically implanted medical devices. The investigation  prompted  the Canadian Minister of Health to call on Health Canada to address premarket approval processes...
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    Duodenoscope Reprocessing: Interim Study Results Indicate Higher Contamination Rates

    Interim results from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) mandated postmarket surveillance studies of duodenoscopes indicated a “higher-than-anticipated contamination rates after reprocessing,” FDA said in a safety notice released on Monday. The postmarket surveillance studies, including human factors studies as well as sampling and culturing studies, were set as requirements in 2015 on all three duodenoscope manufacturers on the US market amid a growing body of ...
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    Medical Device Safety Action Plan: FDA Sets Measure of Success Amid Funding Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its medical device safety action plan on Tuesday with “an important and ambitious new goal” and explained the path forward for its planned nationwide device surveillance system.   The new goal to propel the safety action plan— released in April—is centered around ensuring that the agency is “consistently first among the world’s regulatory agencies to identify and act upon safety signals related to medical devices,” FDA...
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    Majority of Open PMRs and PMCs Progressing on Schedule, FDA Report Shows

    The majority of the open postmarket requirements (PMRs) and commitments (PMCs) in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) database continues to progress on schedule, according to data from the latest report released Friday. Background A PMR is a study or clinical trial that an applicant is required by statute or regulation to conduct following approval, while a PMC is a study or clinical trial that an applicant agrees in writing to conduct postapproval, but that ...
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    WHO Finds Wide Disparities in Antibiotic Use Between Countries

    A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) published Monday reveals major differences in the amount of antibiotics consumed by countries around the world and calls for changes in how countries monitor and use antimicrobial drugs.   “Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are the leading causes of antimicrobial resistance. Without effective antibiotics and other antimicrobials, we will lose our ability to treat common infections like pneumonia,” said Suzanne Hill,...