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    FDA expands eSTAR filing to de novo devices, IVDs

    US medical device and in vitro diagnostic sponsors who are using the Food and Drug Administration’s de novo pathway will be able to use the eSTAR filing format at the beginning of 2022. A pilot program for the eSTAR template that kicked off in 2020 began with a template for 510(k) device submissions.   Nine companies participated in that pilot program that trialed the interactive, PDF-based filing format. Use of eSTAR was expanded in September 2020 to include all 5...
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    Smiths Medical warned by FDA for multiple violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Smiths Medical in Minneapolis, MN with a warning letter for inadequate procedures for handling medical device reports (MDRs), faulty handling of complaints, inadequate validation processes, and lax corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) procedures. The company makes blood warmers and infusion pumps.   The warning letter was issued on 1 October and posted on 23 November. It follows a recent recall of the company’s ...
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    FDA inspection turns up more problems for Philips Respironics

    Hundreds of thousands of complaints from users of Philips Respironics’ breathing assistance devices have been inadequately addressed by the firm, according to recent information released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The release of an inspection report and FDA’s accompanying statement provides more detail on what Philips knew, and what the firm did – or did not do – to remedy known problems with degradation of foam components in its breathing devices.   ...
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    FDA issues draft guidance for device software in premarket submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for sponsors outlining its thinking about the documentation needed to support the agency’s evaluation of device software functions for premarket submissions.   The agency said the guidance recognizes the “rapidly evolving nature of digital health and recent FDA recognized consensus standards related to software” and, when finalized, will serve as an update to the Guidance for the Content of Premark...
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    Medical device quality management systems

    Introduction A quality management system (QMS) is one of the five medical device conformity assessment elements. 1 Manufacturers of medical devices are expected to implement, document, and maintain a QMS that “ensures the medical devices it designs, manufactures, and supplies to the market are safe, perform as intended, and comply with the relevant provisions of the regulations in the countries where the product is made available.” 2   Today, a QMS is seen as a ...
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    Medical device compliance and postmarketing activities

    This article provides an overview of medical device postmarketing requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to, establishment registration, medical device reporting, and device tracking. Additional requirements include postmarket surveillance studies required under Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) Section 522 and postapproval studies required at the time of approval of certain application types.   Introduction: Establishment registra...
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    PMS and the role of CAPA in the medical device regulatory cycle: A Saudi perspective

    It is important for both medical device manufacturers and regulators to establish robust postmarketing surveillance (PMS) of devices to ensure their continued safe use. The PMS system should include reactive and proactive components, that is, vigilance and safety signals assessments. Applying corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs) as a part of the quality management system improves the quality and safety aspects of the manufactured medical devices. This article examines...
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    Strategies for managing regulatory risk with third-party distributors

    In today’s global healthcare distribution market, an increasing number of medical device and in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD) companies are aspiring to market globally. One of the main challenges these manufacturers face is how to register and distribute their products internationally. While direct distribution channels may be feasible for larger multinational corporations, third-party distribution brings its own advantages, and is becoming the norm in today’s land...
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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 releases batch of 21 product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued 13 new and eight revised draft product-specific guidances intended to facilitate the development of generic drugs.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug (RLD). FDA’s current count of product-specific guidances sits at 1,896 with this latest release....
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    FDA finalizes QIDP Q&A guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized guidance on its qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) designation program.   The 12-page guidance finalizes a draft version released for comment in 2018 and includes a revised question and answer section providing clarification on the types of products the agency considers to be antibacterial or antifungal drugs for the purposes of the designation. (RELATED: FDA Drafts Q&A Guidance on QIDP Designati...
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    FDA welcomes alternative approaches to generic drug development

    Issuance of a product specific guidance should not “diminish innovation or creativity” in generic drug development, Robert Lionberger, director for the office of research and standards in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Generic Drugs, said at a 5 May webinar on the development of product specific guidance.   FDA officials said that the number of a product specific guidances (PSGs) issued by the Office of G...