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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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    Australia Unveils Device Action Plan

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a three-part medical device action plan, part of which will make adverse event reports more timely, as well as enhance public awareness on and the agency and device regulatory system. The plan also identifies additional opportunities for TGA to increase transparency, with stakeholder consultations on proposed changes to regulatory requirements and forthcoming guidance materials. Until early 2020, potential c...
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    FDA Panel Recommends New Postmarket Requirements for Breast Implants

    As part of efforts to make breast implants safer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider additional postmarket data reporting requirements on breast implant manufacturers, the agency’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel suggested after a two-day meeting. On whether to remove textured breast implants from the US market as other countries have done, the panel argued data is lacking to support such a recommendation as it would reduce options for p...
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    Breast Implant Manufacturers Draw FDA Warning Letters Over Post-Approval Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters this week to two breast implant manufacturers over their failures to comply with FDA’s post-approval study (PAS) requirements. The warning letters were made public by FDA late Tuesday and sent to Sientra and Mentor Worldwide on Monday for being in violation of two of the seven requirements established as part of their devices’ conditional approvals. They underscore an emerging FDA enforcement trend around PA...
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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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    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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    FDA Flags Higher Death Rates Linked to Use of Abiomed Heart Pump in Post-approval Study

    A temporary heart pump manufactured by Massachusetts-based Abiomed prompted a US Food and Drug Administration letter to health care providers on Monday over an increased rate of mortality. The letter cites interim results from Abiomed’s January report on a post approval study (PAS) that was mandated by the agency as a condition for the 2017 FDA approval of the Abiomed Impella RP System. “A total of 44 out of 60 patients (73.3%) survived to 30 days post device explant...
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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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    Sentinel: FDA Outlines Five-Year Roadmap

    As the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Sentinel Initiative approaches its 11 th anniversary, the agency on Wednesday laid out its vision for enhancing the system over the next five years.   First launched as a pilot program in 2008, the Sentinel Initiative encompasses FDA’s effort to meet obligations set by Congress in the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act to develop a system for active postmarket risk identification and analysis for medical p...
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    Health Canada Details Medical Device Action Plan

    Health Canada issued a new action plan on Thursday, detailing a three-part strategy intended to improve safety, oversight and quality in the Canadian medical device ecosystem.   The move follows on the heels of an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists investigation into patient harm linked to surgically implanted medical devices. The investigation  prompted  the Canadian Minister of Health to call on Health Canada to address premarket approval processes...