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FDA Attempts to Clarify Enforcement Position Regarding Evolving Health Technology

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a flurry of guidance and draft guidance in an effort to better define the types of products that the FDA will choose to actively regulate. In one of these...more

Scanadu: the Medical Tricorder from Star Trek

For those familiar with the television show Star Trek, many may remember the Tricorder, a device that Dr. “Bones” McCoy used to wirelessly scan a patient to assess the individual’s medical status. The California...more

FDA Releases Planning Board's Report on National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System

FDA has released the Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board’s report, Strengthening Patient Care: Building an Effective National Medical Device Surveillance System, which outlines recommended steps...more

23andMe Receives FDA Approval for Genetic Diagnostic Test

Last Thursday the genetic diagnostic and DNA analysis company 23andMe announced that the FDA had granted the company approval to market a genetic diagnostic test for Bloom's Syndrome, the first such approval for this rare...more

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Authorized by FDA

23andMe is not a traditional diagnostics company. Rather than seeking to directly sell its services to health care professionals, 23andMe went straight to the consumer, offering genetic screening and analysis in a mail-order...more

Go For De Novo: FDA’s Revised Approach to Medical Device Accessories

Accessories are an everyday reality for almost all users of technology products today.  They can help improve efficacy, increase usability and make many other improvements to the technology we use.  Increasingly, accessories...more

FDA Issues Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications: What Will be Subject to FDA Oversight and Enforcement?

On February 09, 2015, the FDA issued final guidelines[1] to outline its regulatory enforcement approach to mobile medical applications (or “apps”). The FDA is taking a risk-based approach, focusing its oversight on apps that...more

GPhA Annual Meeting 2015: GDUFA, Quality, and Industry Trends – Part Two of Two

Day Two of the open GPhA Annual Meeting featured a panel on FDA and industry perspectives on a quality culture. Janet Woodcock, M.D., Center Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provided the agency’s new...more

Alert: FDA Finalizes Guidance on Devices that Store and Transfer Data

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 6th, finalized guidance on certain medical devices that store and transfer data, opting for a very light regulatory touch. In its guidance, the FDA states that it doesn't...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February, 2015

EPA OEI Office Announces Transfer Of TRI Program To OPPT: On January 22, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Information (OEI) announced that EPA has begun the process of transferring the...more

Proposed FDA Overhaul to Improve Biomedical Discovery and Development

The House of Representatives and the Senate are assessing significant reforms to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The reforms are aimed at accelerating the approval of new drugs, medical devices and other products regulated...more

Some Ideas About 3D Printing

The other day we read a thoughtful Bloomberg piece on 3D printing in the medical device context by a trio of Alston & Bird litigators. We’ve given you the link, but it might be behind a paywall. The article indicates...more

Interface without Regulation – FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies

2015 has been a busy year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In January, the FDA issued guidance documents addressing wellness applications as well as accessories to medical devices and it looks like the...more

FDA Will Not Enforce Regulatory Controls for Medical Device Data Systems and Two Other Health IT Devices

In a move certain to please developers of health information technology (IT) products, on February 6, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted final guidance announcing its intent to exercise enforcement...more

First Flexible Tip Ablation Catheter To Receive FDA Approval

St. Jude Medical, Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its FlexAbility Ablation Catheter for use by electrophysiologists to treat cardiac arrhythmia....more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance That Affects Health IT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently issued draft guidance that directly affects health information technology (“Health IT”), specifically medical device accessories and general wellness products. The new...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Accessories

On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance document titled Medical Device Accessories: Defining Accessories and Classification Pathway for New Accessory Types (January 20, 2015)...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on General Wellness Devices and on Medical Device Accessories

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a draft guidance document outlining the FDA’s proposed approach to the regulation of general wellness devices (Draft General Wellness Guidance) under the...more

U.S. Congressional Committees Address Drug And Device Approval

As mentioned on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog, committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate last week addressed the speed at which medical innovations are approved and available for patient use. ...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - January 2015

In This Issue: - FDA’s CDER, CDRH and CBER put out 2015 guidance agendas - FDA to study limiting major risk statements in direct-toconsumer TV ads amid concern that information is getting lost on consumers...more

Wellness innovators take note: FDA reveals risk-based approaches to the regulation of health IT and mobile medical apps

The way consumers access and interact with health information has changed exponentially over the past few years thanks to rapid innovation in health IT. Mobile medical application developers and other health and wellness...more

The Cure for the Common FDA Reform Legislation? House Committee Releases 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On January 27, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“E&C Committee”) released a long-awaited discussion draft of comprehensive medical innovation reform legislation as part of its 21st Century Cures Initiative....more

FDA Policy On Wellness Products Is Healthy For Industry

On Jan. 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration promulgated a much-anticipated draft guidance concerning the classification and regulation of general wellness products. The draft guidance is the FDA’s latest attempt...more

Medical Device Update: FDA Releases General Wellness Products and Device Accessories Guidance Documents

Background - On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) announced the availability of two draft guidance documents in the Federal Register: “General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk...more

Regulating a Healthy Lifestyle? FDA Distributes New Draft Guidance on “General Wellness Products”

On January 16, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promulgated a much - anticipated draft guidance concerning the classification and regulation of general wellness products. The draft guidance is the FDA’s latest...more

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