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Device Advice: New Guidance From the FDA on Medical Devices and Cybersecurity

Are medical devices, subject to pre- and post-market regulatory controls, under increasing cybersecurity scrutiny? The FDA recently published recommendations for consideration of cybersecurity management in a product’s design...more

Court Finds FDA Explanation of Knee Implant Reversal Lame

The FDA had approved the mesh—called the Collagen Scaffold—in December 2008. But after the change in administrations the following month, the agency decided that the approval process had been flawed and had been the focus of...more

Health Update - September 2014

Engaging Patients While Addressing Their Privacy Concerns: The Experience of Project HealthDesign - Patients are using the Internet, personal health records (PHRs) and mobile applications or “apps” to collect and...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap

Mobile health industry could get a boost as FDA draft guidance exempts certain medical devices, including digital health devices - The FDA’s decision to not require a number of mobile health devices to go through the...more

Medical Device Manufacturer Settles Trade Agreements Act Suit

A whistleblower alleged that the manufacturer knowingly violated the Trade Agreements Act’s country of origin requirement. Government contractors must agree that the products they sell to the U.S. government under...more

Telehealth and Health IT Policy: Considerations for Stakeholders

In recent months, as the conversation about reforming the health care system has shifted to achieving greater delivery system efficiencies, cost containment, and patient satisfaction, the role of health care...more

Considering Sex-Specific Variation for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine may use devices and assays that identify sex-related differences. For example, a device or an assay may determine if a cancer patient harboring a particular genetic variance will or will not respond to a...more

FDA Approves Cancer Screening Test as First Device Under Parallel Review Pilot

On August 11, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a premarket approval (PMA) for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a colorectal cancer screening test, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a...more

FDA to Strengthen Oversight of Certain In Vitro Diagnostic Devices

In the wake of a new Medicare reimbursement framework, FDA plans stricter regulation of some in vitro diagnostic devices. On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Agency) announced its intent to...more

CMS Shuts Down Sunshine Act Online Verification Process

On August 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Open Payments system is “temporarily” off-line. The CMS announcement did not state when the Open Payments system would be back on-line....more

FDA Draft Guidance Would Ease Regulatory Burdens for Certain mHealth Applications

On August 1, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance that would exempt from premarket 510(k) review many low-risk medical devices--including certain mobile applications that can convert a cell...more

Guidance Helps Medical Device Companies Determine Substantial Equivalence

When is a medical device substantially equivalent to another device? Like so much else, it depends. On July 15, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance that aims to clarify that question....more

FDA Issues 510(k)/Substantial Equivalence Draft Guidance Describes Benefit-Risk Factors Considered for New 510(k) Devices with...

On July 15, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Draft Guidance document titled Benefit-Risk Factors to Consider When Determining Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications [510(k)]with Different...more

Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial...

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical,...more

Is Off-Label Drug Promotion Protected Free Speech?

It is a very common practice. Drug sales reps visit a client, usually a hospital, a clinic or a doctor, with the sole purpose of selling a drug or medical device. That is the primary way a doctor learns about a drug or...more

Medical Device Update: FDA Medical Device Guidances Issued in 2014’s Second Quarter

In recent months, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has issued draft and final guidance documents at a relatively fast pace. To assist interested parties, we have...more

FDA Promises Guidance on Lawful Off-Label Promotion

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA") announced that by the end of the year, the agency would issue a draft guidance document addressing the contours of lawful and unlawful off-label promotion. The...more

CMS Wants To Shine Light On CME Payments To Physicians

It’s a question CMS has been wrestling with since the enactment of the Sunshine Act (sometimes called the Open Payments Program) as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Sunshine Act generally requires a manufacturer to...more

Commission-Based Sales Agreements for Medical Supplies and Equipment: More Whistleblower Activity on the Horizon? - A Wide Range...

The common industry practice of compensating independent contractor sales representatives on a "percentage of sales" commission basis may be creating an enhanced risk of False Claims Act liability for illegal kickbacks in...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Eliminating Regulatory Controls on Medical Device Data Systems, Imaging Storage Devices, and Imaging...

On June 20, 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance document announcing that the agency does not intend to enforce the general regulatory controls applicable to medical device data...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Drug and Device Information on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued two draft guidance documents relating to the use of social media and the Internet to promote prescription drugs and medical devices. The FDA described how a company should use a character...more

AMA Adopts Telemedicine Policy for Coverage and Payment of Telemedicine Services

During its Annual Meeting on June 11, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to approve a list of guiding principles for coverage of and payment for telemedicine services, designed to “foster innovation in the use...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

FDA to Cease Active Regulation of MDDS and Other Health IT Devices

The draft guidance also enables some health IT manufacturers to avoid the device tax. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an unusual step on June 20 by issuing new draft guidance that states its intent to not...more

Lawsuit Against Medtronic Alleges Racketeering Over Infuse Bone Graft

When one big industry sues another we learn a lot about how business as usual is conducted. In this case Humana, a giant health insurer, has sued the medical device company Medtronic, maker of the Infuse bone graft. ...more

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