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    Smallpox antiviral approved under FDA’s Animal Rule

    Though the World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, FDA has approved Tembexa (Chimerix,brincidofovir) as a treatment for the contagious, deadly disease caused by the variola virus.   The 4 June announcement of Tembexa’s approval noted that smallpox drug development is “an important component of the US medical countermeasures response,” since the federal government has significant concerns about the virus’ potential use as a bioweapon. Tembexa was...
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    Strategic lifecycle approach to medical device regulation

    The purpose of this article is to highlight new facets of EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in the medical device industry. The article contains references to both MDR legal articles and recommendations that will challenge organizations to take a more holistic viewpoint of their products, resources, and regulatory toolkit to be compliant in the EU.   Introduction The application date of 2017/745 MDR 1 is 26 May 2021, when it will officially supersede the 93/42/EC...
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    FDA pushes back deadline for removal of legacy identifiers to 2023

    After receiving pushback from industry, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday said it will give medical device makers two more years to remove legacy identification numbers from their product labels and packages.   Under FDA’s 2013 unique device identification (UDI) final rule, medical device labels and packages are required to bear a UDI according to the schedule set in the final rule, with some exceptions and alternatives for certain devices. The UDI ...
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    March's Regulatory Focus: Regulatory intelligence

    Feature articles during March focused on regulatory intelligence (RI), including first-hand accounts of setting up a dedicated process for RI monitoring and developing an in-house RI database, as well as an examination of the implications of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new integrated review template for RI. Also included were articles on the importance a global unique device identification (UDI) system, the FDA’s Bad Ad program, and the importance of writ...
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    The importance of the device label to a global UDI system

    Variance between medical device regulations in different jurisdictions complicates creation of a global unique device identification (UDI) system, causing compliance barriers for manufacturers and adoption barriers for device users. As regulatory agencies advance their UDI initiatives, we reflect on the principles guiding this system not only for regulatory purposes, but as essential to improving the value of healthcare supply chain, clinical, and research data. This artic...
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    HHS hits pause on Trump era SUNSET rule

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is postponing the implementation of a controversial Trump era rule that would have required the department to review thousands of its regulations while the rule undergoes judicial review.   The Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) was first proposed in November 2020 and finalized on 19 January 2021, one day before President Joe Biden’s inauguration. At its core, the rule would sunset m...
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    HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDA

    With just days remaining before the transition to a new administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing through policies that could impact the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory oversight.   Last week, HHS announced it had finalized a rule that would cause its regulations to expire if they are not reviewed every 10 years, with some exceptions provided for medical device-specific regulations, food standards and over-the-cou...
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    Eudamed to Launch in 2022 for Both Devices and IVDs

    The European Commission recently concluded that its database of medical device information (Eudamed) will only be operational once all modules are fully functional and an independent audit has been conducted, so the commission has decided to launch the database simultaneously for both medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics together in May 2022. The two-year delay of the database for medical devices (the commission reiterated that date of application of the Medical Dev...
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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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    2020 Guidance: CDRH Offers a Look at What’s Coming

    FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Friday released its FY 2020 draft and final guidance list, which features a few repeats from last year and new drafts coming on device servicing and remanufacturing, unique device identification and patient-reported outcome measures used in device submissions, among others. As in years past, CDRH divides the list between “A-list” draft and final guidances, which are a priority, and a smaller “B-list” of draft an...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India to Add EU to List of Regions Covered by Clinical Trial Waiver

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   India Seeks Feedback on Mandatory use of QR Codes on API Packaging   India is planning to require manufacturers to feature quick response (QR) codes on the packaging of locally made and imported active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). The Indian government plans to implement the system at the start of April.   Through an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule...
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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...