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    FDA digital promotion guidance, enforcement, and considerations

    It is important to consider current FDA guidance and past enforcement actions as digital media becomes a larger space for pharmaceutical promotion aimed at healthcare providers and consumers. Strategizing for and developing  promotional materials for digital platforms should be thoughtful and deliberate given the limited scope of guidance available from the FDA. This article presents an overview of the available FDA guidance and enforcement actions for digital promotion an...
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    China’s digital health regulatory framework for SaMD

    There is no specific definition in the People’s Republic of China regulatory framework clarifying the term “digital health,” but there is general acceptance that the term refers to digital technologies applied across the healthcare sector. 1,2 This article describes recent updates to the regulatory framework for digital health applications that qualify as medical devices under China’s regulations.   Keywords – China, digital health, regulatory   Introduction...
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    Cavazzoni: Pandemic-era tools, learnings are here to stay

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top drug official said the pandemic has prompted the agency to consider new ways of working going forward and has renewed calls for industry to embrace digital technologies and decentralized models for conducting clinical trials. The pandemic has also prompted the agency to re-evaluate its hiring practices, and to adopt the use of alternative tools in lieu of onsite inspections, which have become a permanent fixture in the agency...
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    Digital therapeutics: Leveraging the SaMD framework for regulatory success

    The digital health sector is experiencing enormous growth globally. Briefly, digital health is a branch of healthcare that is primarily focused on improving health using internet, digital, and mobile technologies. One such novel subclass of the digital health ecosystem is digital therapeutics (DTx). DTx are “software-driven,” nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions that can improve the accessibility and effectiveness of healthcare. This article explores the current di...
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    FDA officials aim to stop misuse of the term ‘digital biomarker’

    While a lot of researchers claim they are capturing digital biomarker data, they may in fact be collecting clinical outcomes assessment (COA) data according to some US regulators. To clarify the differences, top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have defined digital biomarkers versus other kinds of data in a new article.   According to FDA officials in an article published on 25 March in npj Digital Medicine , a digital biomarker is “a characteristic o...
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    Stakeholders want more clarity about devices used for remote clinical studies

    A number of stakeholders have written to the US Food and Drug Administration about the agency’s recent draft guidance on how digital health technologies (DHT) could be used to conduct clinical trials remotely. Some have concerns about the agency too narrowly defining what products can be used for remote monitoring, while others argue it’s not broad enough. Some are also asking the agency to include smart packaging in the guidance.   In December, the agency published i...
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    Digital health tech in clinical investigations: FDA issues draft guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration, as part of an end-of-year spate of guidance documents, has issued a draft guidance for sponsors who wish to use digital tech to aid in remote clinical data acquisition.   Digital health technologies (DHTs) stand to benefit clinical investigations in a multitude of ways, but regulatory considerations have to be weighed as the technologies are employed, noted the agency in setting out the background for the draft guidance, issued in l...
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    Digital health collaborative aims to build in equity and inclusion

    A newly minted collaborative of industry, government, and patient groups is seeking to develop a set of best practices that will help make digital health measurement technologies work for all users, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors.   The Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community ( DATAcc ), launched in May 2021, is hosted by the nonprofit Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and brings together more than 30 organizations, including the US F...
  • FDA launches digital health center of excellence

    A new digital health Center of Excellence within the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to boost digital health innovation by fostering partnerships and connections among digital health stakeholders.   The DHCoE’s website details services offered, including examples of CDRH-specific, FDA-wide and external efforts to “translate digital advances into tools that benefit consumers.” The Center is housed within FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (...
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    FDA Explains What Mobile Apps Are No Longer Devices

    A section of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and removed certain software functions from the definition of a medical device. In addition to drafting new guidance on clinical decision support software, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released final guidance explaining what digital health products are no longer devices and are no longer subject to FDA regulations. Examples of such...
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    Regulating Digital Health: Novartis CEO Seeks Further Modernization

    Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan told attendees of PhRMA’s Innovation Day on Thursday that as biopharmaceutical companies embrace digital technologies to speed the discovery and development of new medicines, regulators will have to adapt more quickly. “FDA has been, more than any other regulator in the world, interested in working with these technologies,” Narasimhan said. But he also opined that when the “rubber hits the road” and companies begin filing applications with th...
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    Digital Health: ‘Connecting the Dots’ Across FDA Centers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) creation of a Digital Health Center of Excellence is in the works, although details offered Wednesday did not shed much light on when it’s coming or its envisioned role.   There are “lots of details to be ironed out,” said Bakul Patel, director for digital health at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), during a session on Wednesday at the AAMI/BSI/FDA International Conference on Medical Device Standards an...