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    FDA Developing Guidance on Real-World Data Quality Issues, Officials Say

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grapples with how to use real-world data for regulatory decisions, two FDA officials wrote in a perspective published last Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that the agency is developing guidance on data quality issues unique to the real-world data setting and related study design considerations. Aliza Thompson and Mary Ross Southworth of the Division of Cardiovascular and Renal Products w...
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    EC Adds IMQ as Fourth Notified Body Designated Under MDR

    The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday added Milan, Italy-based IMQ Istituto to its list of notified bodies (NBs) designated under the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). The announcement does not come as a surprise, as Italy’s Ministry of Health announced in late July that IMQ met the requirements of the regulation. The EC had also previously indicated in its rolling plan,  updated last Monday , that four NBs have been designated. The other three NBs to be de...
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    Edwards Lifesciences Recalls Devices After 3 Deaths Reported

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a Class I recall of more than 700 Edwards Lifesciences’ IntraClude Intra-Aortic Occlusion Devices after receiving 22 complaints related to balloon rupture or puncture, including three deaths. The device is used in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass — a technique described by FDA as when “a machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery. When the IntraClude balloon is ...
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    Concussion Assessments: FDA Warns Against Using Unapproved Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned against using a smartphone- or tablet-based app to assess whether an injured or possibly concussed person is suffering from a change in physical or mental status including vision, concentration, memory, balance and speech. After identifying several manufacturers marketing devices for concussion diagnosis, treatment or management without FDA’s approval or clearance, the agency said it issued a safety communica...
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    WHO Panel Calls for Global Gene Editing Registry

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly-formed advisory panel on human genome editing is calling for the creation of a central registry for all human genome editing studies following a two-day meeting that concluded in Geneva on Tuesday.   WHO established the panel in December following reports that Chinese scientist He Jiankui had modified the genomes of a pair of twin girls to make them resistant to HIV infection. Jiankui’s claims prompted swift international b...
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    CDRH Warns of Device Supply Issues Following Suspension of Illinois Sterilization Facility

    Citing concerns of increased cancer risks, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month issued a seal order to halt any new sterilization cycles using ethylene oxide at a Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, IL. “Recent elevated sampling results, along with Sterigenics' refusal to voluntarily suspend operations, have resulted in the issuance of the Seal Order,” the Illinois EPA said . Sterigenics, meanwhile, said in a statement: “The Illinois EPA’s ...
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    EU Taskforce of Pharma Regulators Issues its First Report on Big Data

    A European drug regulators’ taskforce on big data published its first report on Friday. The Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) formed the HMA-EMA Joint Big Data Taskforce to harness the potential of data in development and oversight, starting with the new report. They examined clinical trial data, spontaneous adverse drug reports (ADRs), social media data and real-world data (RWD) to inform the work and reach “an important mileston...
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    Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge Permanent Repeal of Device Tax

    A bipartisan team of eight Congressional leaders are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to urge fellow members of Congress to permanently repeal of the 2.3% medical device excise tax before it is reinstated next year. The device tax has only been in effect for two years—between 2013 and 2015—since it was introduced in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act . From device firms and industry groups to patient advocacy groups and health research organizations, the push agai...
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    China’s NMPA Cites Overseas Device, IVD Companies

    China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) published overseas inspection results in late January, highlighting 17 overseas medical device and IVD manufacturers that were cited, including BD and Boston Scientific.   Since November 2017, when NMPA began to publish overseas inspection results, a total of 41 manufacturers have been cited, according to ChinaMed Device, LLC, which is a medical device and IVD consulting firm based in Boston, and is a certified NM...
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    FDA Proposes New Framework on Prescription Drug-Related Software

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for comment on Monday that sets forth a proposal for a new framework on the regulation of software applications for use with one or more prescription drug products.   The agency’s newly adopted digital health approaches “are still in their early stages,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Monday in remarks at the Reagan Udall Foundation annual public meeting. “A lot of these technologies haven’t advanced as...
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    AdvaMed and AAMI Weigh FDA Draft Guidance on Voluntary Consensus Standards

    Medical device industry group AdvaMed and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) are seeking additional information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on draft guidance related to the recognition and withdrawal of voluntary consensus standards. The 8-page draft from September describes the procedures that FDA follows and the actions the agency may take during its review and evaluation of requests for standards recognition or ...
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    PMA Denials: Why so Few?

    In the pharmaceutical industry, complete response letters, or rejections, are a common occurrence. And though they aren’t frequently explained in detail publicly, the public is still usually notified that the company has received such a letter. But in the world of medical devices, failing to win approval for a high-risk device is a much more closely held secret, and companies can withdraw their applications rather than be denied approval.   A Federal Register notice ...