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    FDA Pushes Back Enforcement of UDI Requirements for Class I, Unclassified Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday that it will delay its enforcement of certain unique device identification (UDI) system requirements for class I and unclassified devices by two years. A Federal Register notice on guidance released Friday, which FDA said takes effect immediately, said: "FDA does not intend to enforce standard date formatting, labeling, and Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) data submission requirements under Ag...
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    Device Recalls in 2017: Making Sense of the Numbers

    Each year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designates anywhere from dozen to hundreds of medical device recalls as Class I, indicating that the risk addressed by the recall could potentially cause serious injury or death. But it can be difficult to quantify the number of device recalls in a year, given the multiple data sources from FDA, including a listing of annual Class I and other significant recalls , a device recalls database and a data dashboard . B...
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    FDA Identifies More Than 70 Class I Devices Now Exempt From 510(k) Requirements

    As part of its implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released a list of more than 70 Class I medical devices that are now exempt from premarket notification requirements. “FDA’s action will decrease regulatory burdens on the medical device industry and will eliminate private costs and expenditures required to comply with certain Federal regulation,” the agency said in a notice. The list includes a range of ...
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    RAPS Holiday Schedule Announced

    RAPS headquarters will close this year the week of 26 December and reopen 3 January 2017. Online orders from the RAPS Store may still be placed and will be shipped while the office is closed, and RAPS will still take 20% off all orders placed in December with the code: DEC20OFF. However, please note shipping times may be delayed for orders placed from 23 December through 4 January. Regulatory Focus will publish news and the RF Today e-newsletter will continue d...
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    EMA Sets Deadlines for 2016 Type I Variations

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said that marketing authorization holders (MAHs) need to submit any minor changes to drug marketing authorizations, also known as Type IA IN and Type IA variations, for 2016 by 30 November. MAHs are also advised to submit any Type IB variations or groupings of Type IB and Type IA variations in 2016 by 13 December 2016. The deadlines have been set so that EMA can acknowledge the validity of the submissions before the age...
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    FOIA'd Documents Show FDA's Rationale Against Marijuana Rescheduling

    In a report and other documents obtained by Vice News via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lays out its case against rescheduling marijuana. FDA's recommendation on the matter was cited by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) when it denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana last August . Despite efforts by medical marijuana advocates and a growing number of states (25, plus the District of Columbia) where med...
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    EMA to Revise Phase I Trial Guidance, Draft Expected in Late 2016

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday announced plans to update its guidelines on first-in-human (FIH) clinical trials following a trial incident in France last January that left one patient dead and five others hospitalized. The proposed revisions come after EMA launched a review of FIH trials in late May . At the time, EMA said its review would be based largely on the findings of two investigations into the fatal trial, which was conducted by French contra...
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    ANSM Committee Delves Into Nitty-Gritty of Fatal French Phase I Trial

    France’s National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) released a report this week outlining how its Temporary Specialist Scientific Committee (TSSC) evaluated what went wrong with a first-in-man clinical trial in Rennes, France that resulted in the death of one healthy volunteer and the hospitalization of five others in January. ANSM launched its investigation into the Phase I trial in January, which the contract research organization (CRO) running t...
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    Dramatic Drop in Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions After DEA Rescheduling

    Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) fell significantly after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tightened restrictions on those drugs, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine . For years the US has been in the grips of a prescription drug abuse epidemic, in part driven by the availability of hydrocodone and other opioids such as oxycodone, codeine and methadone. In 2013, more than 200 million prescriptions for opioids we...
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    Sovaldi Patent Rejected in China Following Third-Party Challenge

    China's patent office has rejected a patent related to Gilead Science's blockbuster hepatitis C (HCV) drug Sovaldi. Background The rejection comes one month after the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK) filed several patent challenges against Gilead in China. I-MAK has also filed similar challenges in Argentina, Brazil, Russia and Ukraine, all citing Sovaldi's high price as a barrier to access in many middle-income countries where licensed generic ve...
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    Australia Releases Updated Drug Schedule

    Australia has updated a legislative instrument designed to advise the country's states and territories on the scheduling and labeling of medicines and poisons. Background In Australia, like in many other countries, medicines and other chemicals are classified in a schedule system. The schedule is organized by the level of regulatory control required for different substances based on their safety and use. The legal basis for drug scheduling in Australia is found in ...
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    FDA Provides New Guidance on Whole Slide Imaging Devices

    New draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a high-level roadmap for developers of digital imaging devices known as digital pathology whole slide imaging devices. As explained by FDA in the guidance and elsewhere on its website, the devices are used to convert analog microscope images into digital images, making it easier to diagnose patients without the use of a microscope. The devices generally consist of a larger system of devices (ca...