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    New MDCG guidance shows how devices fit into MDR’s classification rules

    The European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordinating Group (MDCG) on Monday issued a guidance to help manufacturers classify their devices under the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) before they are placed on the EU market.   Under the MDR , which went into effect on 26 May 2021, devices are divided into four classes: I, IIa, IIb and III. Devices are ranked according to risk from class I for the lowest-risk devices to class III for the highest.  Annex VIII of the...
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    Trump Nominates Hahn to be FDA Commissioner

    President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Stephen Hahn, chief medical executive of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to be the next US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner. If confirmed by the Senate, a process that could take several months, Hahn will take the reins of FDA from Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, who moved over to FDA following a stint as head of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Sharpless will return to direct NCI, while Brett Gi...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    Trump: Drug Importation Coming Soon

    In remarks related to an executive order on Medicare, President Donald Trump on Thursday gave a speech filled with falsehoods about the Right-to-Try law, claims that drugmakers would lower their prices once importation begins and a suggestion that the pharmaceutical industry is aiding his impeachment. Trump also read from the teleprompter to explain a proposal that’s coming soon to lower drug prices by importing drugs from Canada and other countries. First revealed in ...
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    APEC Members See Increased Regulatory Convergence

    Countries involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are better aligning their regulatory schemes related to drugs and medical devices, according to a new survey unveiled Monday at an APEC meeting in Chile. The survey shows how between 2008 and 2019, APEC countries are seeing modest increases in: Sharing information (from 16 APEC economies to 19 economies) Establishing confidentiality commitments (from 12 economies to 15) Sharing good manufacturing pr...
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    Perspective: Regulatory Bill Could be Dangerous for FDA, Public Health

    A bill making its way through Congress could end up having "potentially disastrous consequences" for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health, professors from the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law at Harvard Medical School and the Georgia State University College of Law, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. The bill, known as the Regulatory Accountability Act , has been promoted as a way to decrease burdensome regul...
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    Best of 2017: What Readers Clicked on This Year

    From Trump to biosimilars to a new digital health pilot run by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2017, with some updates on what has occurred since the stories were published. 10. EMA to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable CRO Studies Back in March, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies w...
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    Major Deregulation? FDA Withdraws Several Rules and Regulations Related to Medical Products

    Almost a year ago, President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical executives that his administration would cut 75% to 80% of FDA regulations, "at a level no one has ever seen before." Since those comments last January , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn the most rulemakings of any Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, though only a handful are related to medical products (the others are tobacco related) and it's unclear how the wi...
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    First Implementing Act Under EU MDR, IVDR Open for Consultation

    The first implementing act for the EU’s new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) is open for comments until next Wednesday. Implementing acts allow the commission to tease out the intricacies of the legislation and this first one is related to the Notified Body product codes for medical devices and IVDs. The codes, included in the implementing regulation's annexes, are used to categorize the fields of expertise of the NBs ...
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    New E&Y MedTech Report Highlights Growth, Regulatory Questions

    Ernst & Young on Monday released a new report on how the global medical technology (medtech) industry grew by 5% in 2016, with US and EU medtech companies seeing net income increase 17%, though several regulatory and legislative question marks are on the horizon. In addition to the improvements seen in income and revenue growth in 2016 when compared to 2015, the report also shows that overall, US and European medtech financing increased 101% in 2016, to $43.9 billi...
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    FDA Wants to Know What Regulations and Paperwork Requirements Need to Go

    As part of work under two executive orders, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) centers on Thursday sought comments on which existing regulations and related paperwork requirements could be modified, repealed or replaced, to reduce the burden on industry while allowing FDA to continue its public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. Back in February, when President Donald Trump first announced his order to reduce regulatory burdens, several exper...
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    IPRF and IGDRP to Consolidate Regulatory Initiatives in 2018

    The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) and International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) have agreed to consolidate their work into a joint initiative that is expected to be operational in January 2018. According to a summary of the 5th meeting of the IGDRP in Ottawa in June, the IPRF management committee and the IGDRP steering committee expressed support for the consolidation of the IPRF and IGDRP initiatives in order to best respond to ...