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    FDA Grants Third Extension of UDI Compliance Date to Soft Contact Lens Labelers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week granted a third extension for soft contact lens labelers yet to comply with the requirements of the Unique Device Identification (UDI) system because of the agency’s resource limitations. Background In September 2013, FDA published a final rule creating a UDI system and outlining labeling, data submission and standard date formatting requirements for all medical devices in commercial distribution in the US, unless a...
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    Committee Recommends Adding UDIs to Insurance Claims Forms

    The group tasked with developing the standards for insurance claims forms on Wednesday recommended including unique device identifiers (UDI) on claims forms. Specifically, the Accredited Standards Committee X12 recommended that the device identifier portion of a UDI be included when high-risk devices are implanted or removed "due to safety concerns about premature failure." The recommendations are now undergoing a three-month consultation ending on 2 May 2017. Following...
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    HHS Inspector General Calls on CMS to Incorporate UDIs Into Claims Forms

    In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt on Friday, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel Levinson calls on CMS to work with the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 to incorporate unique device identifiers (UDIs) for implantable devices into insurance claims forms. According to Levinson, doing so could help CMS keep track of the costs associated with recalled and defective me...
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    FDA Extends UDI Compliance for Certain Class II Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving medical device labelers two more years to comply with unique device identifier (UDI) requirements for certain Class II devices. In a letter to device labelers dated Tuesday, FDA said it is extending the UDI compliance dates for so-called device convenience kits and repackaged single-use devices and is clarifying the compliance date for device constituents for certain combination products. Under the UDI rule, FDA establ...
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    FDA Makes Drug Safety Labeling Change Information Easier to Access

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced the safety labeling changes (SLC) program will be managed by its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER’s) Office of Communications (OCOMM), which has created a new database that provides data to the public in downloadable and searchable formats. “With this transition, safety labeling change (SLC) data on the Web will now be available much faster for health care providers, health information technol...
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    Grassley and Warren Call for UDIs to be Added to Health Insurance Claims Forms

    Incorporating unique device identifiers (UDIs) into health insurance claims forms could help improve the postmarket tracking of medical device safety concerns and performance, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote in a letter earlier this week to the chair of an Accredited Standards Committee. The Virginia-based committee is tasked with recommending changes to electronic claims forms, with the latest version of standards slated for release 1 Dece...
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    FDA Pushes Back Enforcement of UDI Rule Provisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday finalized guidance that makes clear the agency will not enforce a deadline for certain unique device identifier (UDI) provisions after commenters on the draft guidance said they would not be able to meet the deadline in time. The shift in enforcement comes as FDA says it wants to make sure it gives companies enough time to make changes to the medical device reimbursement, supply chain and procurement systems and proces...
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    Australia Outlines Major Drug Label Changes

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday announced upcoming changes to the way medicine labels on the island will look and be laid out in order to make more pertinent information about medicines easier to find. The changes, which will be implemented over four years beginning 31 August 2016, will be made available in Australia’s Federal Register of Legislation from 17 August 2016, along with guidance on how to apply the new labeling orders. T...
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    Plain Language Labelling Requirements

    This article describes the requirements of the guidance document published by Health Canada on plain language labelling. The Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations ( Labelling, Packaging and Brand Names of Drugs for Human Use ) came into force on 13 June 2015. 1 The Plain Language Labelling amendments aim to improve the safe use of drugs and help reduce preventable harms from medication errors by making drug labels and safety information easier to read and...
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    Drugmakers Split on Whether to Include Interchangeability Statement in Biosimilar Labels

    Drug, biologic and biosimilar companies’ comments on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on biosimilar labeling reveals a major split between those who do and do not want a statement on a biosimilar’s interchangeability status on each new product's label. The comments come as FDA has still yet to release its guidance on what interchangeability means, and as FDA has not found any biosimilar to be interchangeable with its reference product. However, th...
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    UDI Form and Content: FDA Offers Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released new draft guidance to help define the expected content and forms of the Unique Device Identifier (UDI), to assist both medical device labelers and FDA-accredited issuing agencies in ensuring that UDIs are in compliance with the UDI Rule. Background A UDI is composed of (1) a device identifier (DI), (2) typically one or more production identifiers (PIs) when included on the device label, and (3) the data del...
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    Health Canada Finalizes IVD Labeling Guidance After 18 Years

    The Canadian regulatory agency Health Canada on Friday finalized its guidance for labeling in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices nearly 18 years after releasing the draft version in 1998. The final guidance includes new considerations for electronic labeling, IVDs with small containers, blood glucose monitors and information on complying with Canada's Official Languages Act , which requires product labels to be written in both French and English. Additionally, the guidance...