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The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the... more +
The United States Food and Drug Administration is the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States. The agency was not officially known as the FDA until 1930, but its regulatory functions began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. The agency is charged with protecting the integrity of the nation's food supply and cosmetic products, as well as monitoring the safety and efficacy of drugs, medical devices, and biological products.  less -
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Software as a Medical Device: FDA Releases Draft Guidance

Companies that develop software that functions as a medical device should be aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance that, once finalized, will classify the endless variety of Software as a...more

Accepting Anonymous Tips: FDA's Website for Reporting Medical Device Regulatory Misconduct

For device manufacturers and sellers, the website represents another source of information to monitor for possible challenges ahead. Unidentified tipsters — from disgruntled former employees to plaintiffs’ attorneys —...more

New Clinical Trial Rule Alters Reporting Requirements

New federal requirements for posting of clinical trials information address how data collected in clinical trials are submitted for public consumption. The requirements were revealed on Sept. 16 when the Department of Health...more

Genomics and FDA Regulation: A Work in Progress

It took over a decade to sequence the human genome the first time, at a cost between half a billion and a billion dollars. Now, however? An entire human genome can be sequenced for one or two thousand dollars, in a matter of...more

FDA Launches New Webpage to Report Regulatory Misconduct

Earlier this week, the FDA launched a new webpage to simplify the process of reporting violations of the law by medical device manufacturers and individuals marketing medical devices. Unlike the MedWatch system for reporting...more

The FDA Implements the Medicare Modernization Act: A New Role and a New Mission?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally—after thirteen years—issued its final rule to amend its current regulations and implement the Medical Modernization Act governing how the American public get their generic...more

The Tech Industry’s Next Frontier?

Tongue-in-cheek references to Pokémon Go as a health App aside, maybe the tech industry is on to something. In the U.S., seven out of every ten deaths are due to chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease. Perhaps...more

IVC Filter Litigation – Judge says no to Protective Order

Plaintiffs in a Multi District Litigation (“MDL”) filed complaints against Cook Medical Inc. (“Cook”) and alleges that Cook knowingly presented false information regarding the safety profile of its IVC filters to physician...more

Taper Failures – A Hot Topic in Orthopedics

After a decade of receiving several black eyes over failed metal on metal implants, the orthopedic device industry is bracing itself for a second wave of metal failure related embarrassment. The metal on metal debacle...more

The Changing Meaning of Healthy: FDA Seeks Public Input About Healthy Foods

In the 1990s, food had to be low in fat in order to be considered healthy. Those were the days of Snack-Wells cookies and fat-free salad dressings. How times have changed. Now health professionals consider many higher-fat...more

Off-Label Promotion —To Speak or Not To Speak?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a two day public hearing to take place November 9 and 10 aimed at obtaining input from industry to help shape FDA's policy regarding communications...more

Health Care E-Note - August 2016

The Alabama Natural Death Act contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life...more

Mobile Apps - Has the Marketplace Downloaded Potential Product Liability Risk?

For many consumers, it is hard to remember performing a daily routine without using a mobile application. App usage starts almost immediately - with a morning alarm that wakes you up slowly or with a coffee waiting for you at...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Use of "Real-World Evidence" in Medical Device Decision-Making

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on July 27, 2016, a draft guidance document addressing how it may use data and evidence collected outside of the traditional clinical trial context to support medical device...more

Health Care: What's on the Radar for This Congressional Work Period

The next Hill work period basically runs from February 22 to March 18. As Congress returns, here’s a brief look at the pending health care issues on the radar for this work period....more

FDA Not Sure About Essure

Medical doctors have a great deal of responsibility placed upon them. After years of training and practice, they are expected to have the skill and ability to identify symptoms and translate that into a diagnosis. That...more

Could Your Medical Device Be a Hacker’s Gateway into a Hospital Network?

This has been a big year for health care data breaches. In January, the data of 80 million Anthem members was compromised; in March, a cyberattack exposed the data of 11.2 million Premera BlueCross BlueShield members and...more

Protecting the Blood Supply During a Future Ebola Outbreak

It has been more than a year and a half since the Ebola outbreak began racing across western Africa. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), more than 28,000 people have been infected. Although...more

The Silent Threats of Breaches to Medical Devices are Starting to Make Noise

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for guidance on medical devices, has acknowledged that certain devices are susceptible to breaches. The FDA has identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities in...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review, November 2015

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On November 21, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and...more

FDA data underscores why patients need to ask tough questions about care

The epidemic of overtreatment is hardly new, and it often stems from physicians’ tendency to order excessive tests. But now Uncle Sam is getting ready to step in even more, prompted in part by disturbing data that detailed...more

Increased risk of ‘Medjacking’ calls for better security measures on medical devices

Did you know that right now we have about 5 billion connected smart devices in use? Is it surprising that it is predicted that by 2020 that number will skyrocket to 25 billion? Of all these connected devices, a significant...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Repealing Obamacare becomes problematic in the Senate... More focus on drug prices and reimbursement... FDA asks, should we regulate “natural” and if so, how? ...more

Health Care Update - November 2015

Ways & Means Leadership Changes – Health Policy Implications Looming: As Congress pushes forward with a two-year budget deal, and new Speaker Paul Ryan begins his tenure as the top Republican in the House of...more

Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

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