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    COVID-19 vaccine: Experts warn of waning public confidence

    Conflicting messages and priorities between vaccine makers and federal leaders serve only to exacerbate public mistrust of potential COVID-19 vaccines, according to a perspective piece from Harvard professors published in the New England Journal of Medicine .   Jerry Avorn, MD, and Aaron Kesselheim, MD, both from the division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics at Harvard Medical School, took to the august publication to share their thoughts on the juxtaposi...
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    FDA explains transfer of ownership policy for generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) for transferring ownership of drug applications, including those due to corporate mergers and acquisitions.   The new MAPP outlines how Orange Book staff in the Office of Generic Drugs will process requests to transfer ownership of a drug application and explains the responsibilities of the current owner of the drug application as well as the new owner.   To transf...
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    FDA qualifies decision tool for breast reconstruction studies

    The BREAST-Q Reconstruction Module now is qualified as a medical device development tool (MDDT) to aid sponsors and investigators in developing feasibility, pivotal and post-approval studies of medical devices used in breast reconstruction, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. “An MDDT is scientifically validated and can be qualified for use in device evaluation and to support regulatory decision-making,” according to the announcement , which noted its ...
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    FDA touts advanced manufacturing to address COVID shortfalls

    Advanced manufacturing techniques can be employed to help address some of the manufacturing and supply chain problems the US has seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephan Hahn, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, and Anand Shah, FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs, wrote in a blog post on the FDA website. “The potential public health value of advanced manufacturing is even greater in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, whic...
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    FDA approves pooled sampling for COVID-19 test

    Pooled sampling of COVID-19 swab specimens is now allowed under a reissued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Quest Diagnostics SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR test, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 18 July.   Under the reissued EUA, four samples may be processed together in a batch, reducing the number of tests run and using fewer testing supplies. If the pooled sample is negative, no more testing would be required. If the pooled sample is positive, th...
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    Unified agenda: FDA publishes lengthy to-do list

    Two final rules top the Spring 2020 regulatory agenda for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), addressing the importation of prescription drugs and the de novo classification process for medical devices. The agency’s unified agenda overall is mammoth and includes 26 final rules as well as 52 proposed rules, some of which have been carried over from previous agendas.   The importation of prescription drugs continues to be among deregulatory priorities for the Tr...
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    Report calls for limits on compounded bioidentical hormone therapy

    Evidence does not support the clinical utility of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies and their use should be limited to patients who cannot use products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).   FDA requested the NASEM review due to increasing popularity of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies (cBHT) combined with concerns over he...
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    Lawmakers ask FDA to outline COVID-19 vaccine approval process

    Key Democratic members in the US House of Representatives have called on Stephen Hahn, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to brief their staff on how the agency plans to make decisions regarding the development, review and deployment of vaccines against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.   In a letter dated 18 June, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), chairma...
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    FDA yanks EUA for serology test

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) granted to Chembio Diagnostic Systems Inc. for its DPP COVID-19 IgM/IgG System based on several sets of data indicating that the test generates false results at a higher rate than expected. This is the first revocation of an EUA for a SARS-CoV-2 serology test during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The system in question is an antibody test for the novel coronavirus; ...
  • FDA warns breast implant manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers, Allergan and Ideal Implant. Each company was cited for different deficiencies. "The FDA's actions today are part of the agency's ongoing commitment to its public health mission of ensuring patient access to safe and effective medical devices," FDA officials said in a statement. "The FDA remains committed to thoughtful, scientific, transparent, public dialogue conc...
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    FDA lifts requirements for fever screening devices

    Telethermographic devices originally intended for industrial, construction and commercial use can be repurposed to assist in initial screening for fever and triage of individuals in high traffic areas such as airports and businesses under guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The guidance was issued for the duration of the public health emergency related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “The guidance may help address urgent public health con...
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    FDA eases entry for psychiatry apps during COVID-19 crisis

    To address mental health needs during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it would relax certain premarket requirements for computer programs and mobile apps designed to support treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and insomnia. The guidance addresses Class II prescription-only devices and computer programs that support clinician-supervised out...