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Shift Labs Continues Trend Toward Consumer Wireless Healthcare Devices

The medical device market is expanding into more private healthcare products in hopes of bringing healthcare directly to the user.  For example, the increase in popularity of wearable diagnostic devices, such as FitBit,...more

Increased FTC Enforcement as FDA Deregulates Low-Risk Health IT Devices

The FTC steps up enforcement of misleading software and mobile app promotional claims as FDA deregulates low-risk health IT devices. In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken several enforcement...more

FDA Issues New Rules for Testing of Reusable Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its tougher new requirements for testing reusable medical devices. ...more

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Reprocessing of Medical Devices

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final guidance document on March 12 titled “Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling.” Although the final guidance was expected...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate HELP Committee Hosts Hearing on Medical Innovation... HHS Announces Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model... CBO Releases New Long-range Cost Estimates for ACA....more

New FDA Guidance Opens the Door for Electronic Consent Forms That Come with Significant Advantages and Raise Privacy and Secure...

On March 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance that allows for the use of electronic informed consent (eIC) in human clinical trials. eICs have the potential to...more

Power to the Patients: FDA Employing New Methods for Medical Device Approvals

At the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the new year started off with an approval of the first therapeutic weight loss option for obese patients since 2007....more

FDA's Evolving Policy Toward Health IT, Medical Apps, and Low Risk Devices

Between January 20 and February 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued four guidances related to its policies toward low risk devices. These guidances were largely developed as an outgrowth from FDA’s...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - February 2015

FY 2016 budget request reflects FDA’s broadening scope of activities - The regulator’s requested budget of $4.9 billion for the upcoming fiscal year represents a 9% increase from the enacted FY 2015 budget, with $147.7...more

Lengthy Clinical Trial Process Gets Overhaul by FDA

Safeguarding, streamlining, strengthening the clinical trial process is one of three of the Food and Drug Administration’s primary goals for 2015. So states an 11-page document titled 2014 – 2015 Strategic Priorities....more

Specific Causation + General Verdict = Pain Pump Defense Win

Today’s newsflash: winning is good. Winning is better than losing. Winning at trial is especially good. Winning at trial enhances the chance of winning on appeal. But are there ways to win at trial that improve the odds...more

FDA Issues Guidances for Medical Device-Related Apps and Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently issued guidance on an array of medical device-related software and systems. A first guidance for ”Data Systems and Imaging Devices” issued on February 9, 2015, and...more

SEC Enforcement Director Discusses Issues for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Companies

In a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney discussed recent SEC actions and current concerns involving the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries....more

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

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