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    CDRH official offers advice for smoother Q-submission meetings

    A policy analyst with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) walked through mechanisms the medical device industry can use to request pre-submission meetings, as well as best practices for ensuring smooth reviews.   Susannah Gilbert, Q-submission program lead with the division of regulatory programs at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), gave the updates at a 21 July webinar sponsored by the FDA’s Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry...
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    FDA issues final guidance on providing regulatory submissions in alternate electronic formats

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a final guidance to assist sponsors in using alternate electronic formats for submitting applications that are exempt from electronic common technical document (eCTD) filing requirements.   The guidance contains few changes from the draft issued in March 2020. (RELATED: FDA Drafts Guidance on Alternate Electronic Formats, Announces Support for New Data Standards , Regulatory Focus, 10 March 2020 ). In its fina...
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    FDA Explains Plans for New Pharmaceutical Quality Assessment System

    As part of its work to improve and modernize the quality assessment of drug applications, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing a new, more standardized system, to be known as the Knowledge-aided Assessment & Structured Application (KASA), according to an article authored by officials from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics . The authors describe KASA as a new s...
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    CDER Plots Pilot Project to Test CDISC Standard

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Monday said it will conduct a small pilot project to test the processing and analysis of nonclinical study data provided electronically using an updated standard, known as the SEND 3.1, from the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC). CDER is seeking a maximum of five participants for the pilot, which will evaluate the compliance of sample SEND 3.1 datasets subm...
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    CDRH Issues Guidance on Brain-computer Interface Devices

    Brain-computer interface (BCI) devices for patients with paralysis or amputation snagged the first leapfrog guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the year, with new draft nonclinical and clinical recommendations. CDRH released the 42-page draft guidance document on Friday to provide new recommendations on Q-submissions and investigational device exemptions (IDEs) of implanted BCI devices for patien...
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    FDA Fleshes Out Guidance on Susceptibility Breakpoints for Antimicrobial Drugs, Devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance Thursday on the coordinated development of antimicrobial drugs and susceptibility assays, with additional clarifications. The finalization follows concerns raised by AdvaMed and BIO with the 2016 draft guidance’s lack of language to address the issue of antimicrobial susceptibility breakpoints among drug and medical device sponsors. The issue relates to leveraging the use of ka breakpoint as a vehicle for a...
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    Researchers Pilot Ingestible Electronic Sensor to Monitor Microbiome

    Australian researchers have conducted a human trial that they say illustrated the potential role for electronic-based gas-sensing capsules in understanding aspects of the intestine and its microbiota in health, according to an article published online on Monday in Nature Electronics . The ingestible sensors used in the trial can sense oxygen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide by using a combination of thermal conductivity and semiconducting sensors, the researchers said,...
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    Use of Standards at CBER: New Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Monday released draft guidance offering recommendations on the use of standards in product development and the use of such standards in CBER’s managed review process. The draft describes how standards are developed, the benefits of using standards and CBER’s policy on accepting standards used in regulatory submissions. Questions and answers contained within the draf...
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    CDRH Sees Spike in Pre-Market Submissions With Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Tuesday issued its first report on patient-reported outcomes (PROs), noting a significant uptick in PRO data submitted in 2017. Over a six-year period, the report says CDRH observed a more than 500% increase in the number of pre-market submissions that include PRO measures. And in FY 2017, more than 75% of approved, pivotal original and new study investigational device...
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    FDA Issues Two Guidances on CLIA Waiver Applications, 510(k) Dual Submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued two draft guidances aimed at updating its recommendations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) seeking a waiver from requirements under the Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in line with provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and the recently reauthorized Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). Under CLIA, clinical laboratories must obtain a certificate to perform complex diagnostic t...
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    FDA Issues 8 Guidances on Device User Fees, MDUFA IV Goals & Pre-Submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued seven new or updated guidances offering advice to medical device makers on its user fee programs and how FDA and industry actions impact the performance goals set by the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV). In its MDUFA IV commitments, FDA agreed to tighter timelines to reach decisions for most medical device submissions in exchange for increased user fees and the introduction of a n...
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    E-Submissions of REMS Documents: FDA Offers Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance describing how FDA plans to implement the requirements for the electronic submission of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) documents in certain submissions under new drug applications, abbreviated new drug applications and biologics license applications. The agency said the implementation will begin no earlier than 24 months after issuance of the final guidance. The 7-page dr...