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IMDRF Releases International Framework for Regulating Device Software

On October 14, 2014, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) issued a final version of “Software as a Medical Device: Possible Framework for Risk Categorization and Corresponding Considerations” (“the...more

Software Sector Leads Pack in 2Q Venture Funding and Biotech Sector Finishes Second

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of 2014. ...more

More of the Same: Recently Released FDA Social Media Guidance for the Life Sciences Industry

On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") continued to outline its expectations for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer use of social media platforms to promote manufacturers' products in two...more

Inside M&A - Summer 2014

“Commercially Reasonable Efforts” Diligence Obligations in Life Science M&A" - More than 80 percent of all deals in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industries include an earnout structure that provides...more

FDA Targets Medical Device Companies

FDA Developing New Risk and Benefit Perception Scale - Since 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has increased its presence and tightened its control over medical device companies, and this trend is expected to...more

US China Trade War Newsletter

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. REASON FOR THIS NEWSLETTER - Some readers have commented that this newsletter is...more

FDA Announces Plan for Expedited Review of Certain Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed guidance on April 22nd for a voluntary expedited access program for new high-risk medical devices that are intended to treat or diagnose patients with serious...more

Software Sector Leads First Quarter Venture Funding to Thirteen Year High; Biotech Sector Finishes Second (Again)

Earlier this month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the first quarter of...more

Best Practices For Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

A femtosecond (FS) laser is exciting new technology, but it requires consideration of some important governance and compliance issues. Best practices require the surgeon and the facility (ASC or Hospital) to identify covered...more

Japan Enacts Regenerative Medicine Law and Revisions to Pharmaceutical Affairs Law

On 20 November 2013, the Japanese Diet passed the Act regarding Ensuring of Safety of Regenerative Medicine (the "Regenerative Medicine Law") and the revisions to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (new PAL) as it applies to...more

10 Tips for Medical Technology Companies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a new review process of existing national coverage determinations (NCDs). This new process is designed to retire old policies and may present increased risks to...more

The Life Sciences Report - Fall 2013

In this issue: - How to Expedite Examination of a Patent Application - The FDA Releases Final Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications - Creating Value in the Medtech Industry Using a Gender Lens -...more

FDA Medical Device Regulation Update: FDA Issues Final Rule for Unique Device Identification System

On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced the issuance of the final rule for the Unique Device Identification System (“UDI System”). The final rule sets forth the labeling and reporting...more

The Sunshine Act: Putting It into Practice – Interview with Karen Lovitch, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Karen Lovitch, Practice Leader of Mintz Levin's Health Law Practice, discusses the challenges facing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in complying with the Sunshine Act....more

CMS Posts ICD Technology Assessment

CMS has posted a new technology assessment for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) addressing the evidence for use of ICDs for “primary prevention” of sudden cardiac death (SCD)—prevention of SCD in patients who...more

HIPAA/HITECH Compliance Strategies for Medical Device Manufacturers

As computing power continues to become cheaper and more powerful, medical devices are increasingly capable of handling larger and larger sets of data. This provides the ability to log ever expanding amounts of information...more

Healthcare Law -- Aug 19, 2013

As the Healthcare Landscape Shifts, Four Issues Are Critical to Build Effective Market Access Strategies - In this time of high growth and fast change for the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and...more

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Medical Device Reporting - Will Supersede 1997 Guidance

On July 9, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or “the Agency”) released a draft guidance document titled Medical Device Reporting for Manufacturers (hereinafter “Draft Guidance”). FDA has not updated its formal...more

Ten Required Steps To Ensure Effective Compliance Programs By Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies (Part III Of III)

In response to the Glaxo controversy and the continuing risks of aggressive FCPA enforcement, drug and device companies need to review and enhance their anti-corruption compliance programs. ...more

Pharmaceutical And Medical Device Companies: Taking It On The Chin (Part II Of III)

As the Glaxo controversy unravels each day, it is important to remember the enforcement context in which the current prosecution in China is occurring. ...more

Bad News For The Drug And Device Industries: Glaxo’s Systemic Breakdown In China (Part I Of III)

Mark Twain, one of my favorite authors, always said it best – “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” - For drug and device companies, Mark Twain’s observation is becoming the industry...more

Considerations for Biopharma Under a First-Inventor-to-File Regime [Video]

The America Invents Act brings many significant changes to US patent law, the most fundamental of which is the shift from a first-to-invent system to a first-inventor-to-file system. Kenley K. Hoover, Ph.D., a director at the...more

China Life Sciences Health Industry Client Briefing – May/June 2013 (July 12, 2013)

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Care & Life Sciences - .. Medical Devices Regulations and News - Provincial FDAs to Approve Certain Changes to Medical Device Registration Certificates – June 21,...more

Annual Venture Funding Drops for First Time in Three Years

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2012. The report, which is...more

Health Care Reform: Key Legislative Changes Impacting the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device Industries

Last week, Congress adopted comprehensive health care reform through the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (H.R. 3590) (signed into law on March 23) and the Health Care and Education...more

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