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Focus Newsletter - December 2014

In this issue: - ABC's of a Product Recall - Amazing Clients® Lumenpulse Inc. - A Bright Future for a Company That Is Lighting Up the World - Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly -...more

Recalled Dangerous Dietary Supplements Remain for Sale

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a dietary supplement recall for a product that contains banned substances, are we still at risk of inadvertently buying this defective product? According to a recent article...more

Growing Safety Risk for Hospitals: Spiraling Medical Device Recalls

Everyone knows that the number of medical device recalls is on the rise. Here are two telling examples of the growth. In 2003 a total of 604 recalls were reported to the FDA, while last August a single manufacturer recalled...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - October 2014

In This Issue: - FDA issues final guidance on discerning device recalls from market withdrawals related to medical device enhancements in apparent bid to appease industry concern over draft being overly broad, lacking...more

Medical Device Update: Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Medical Device Enhancements

On October 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance “Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Medical Device Enhancements.” This guidance revises and finalizes the draft version that...more

FDA Issues Final Medical Device Recalls Guidance - Explains How to Distinguish Enhancements from Recalls

On October 15, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (“CDRH”) issued a final guidance document, Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Medical Device Enhancements (“Final...more

FDA Posts Largest-Ever Medical Device Recall

On August 29, 2014, the FDA issued 233 Class I medical device recalls for products manufactured by Customed. According to its website, Puerto Rico-based Customed is a medical supplies leader and distributes a wide range of...more

FDA Initiative — Recall Information Now Readily Available

The Food and Drug Administration is modernizing the way it reports recalls of products that pose risks to consumers. Through the development of an application programming interface, all recalls reported to the Recall...more

Recall of Blood Thinner Product

Alere Defective Medical Testing Strips Recalled - Are you currently taking a blood thinner to prevent the risk of a stroke, blood clot, or other medical condition? A recent article in Forbes alerted patients that...more

FDA Launches Huge Online Database of Adverse Events

As part of the Obama administration's effort to make public information more accessible, the FDA launched openFDA on June 2, 2014. This new database makes nearly 4 million pharmaceutical adverse event reports the FDA...more

FDA Reports Rise in Medical Device Recalls and Warnings

This news is not surprising to anyone who pays attention to medical device recalls. There has been a substantial jump in medical device recalls – up 97 percent over the last decade! This news comes from the division...more

Medtronic Cardiac Guidewire Warning

The procedure to implant a cardiac stent, which keeps blocked arteries open, includes inserting guidewires to move the device into place. Federal health officials have issued a warning about a defect in some Medtronic...more

After Recalls, Pharmacies Wonder How Well They REALLY Know Their Subcontractors

Pharmacy compounding has been a very hot topic over the last 12 months. Whether it is news from Capitol Hill regarding possible legislation, regulation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or action by a state board of...more

FDA Flexes Its FSMA Muscles, Initiates Mandatory Recall

Recall notification suggests the agency is ready and willing to use its new, enhanced enforcement authority. On February 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began its first enforcement action under the...more

Understanding FDA Procedures in a Pharmaceutical Recall

News reports are filled with frequent recalls of harmful and dangerous drugs. Many times, companies voluntarily issue a recall after receiving consumer complaints. However, in other situations the Federal Drug Administration...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Recalls - How to Distinguish Recalls from Product Enhancements

On February 22, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a long-anticipated draft guidance document entitled Distinguishing Medical Device Recalls from Product Enhancements; Reporting Requirements. With the...more

FDA Draft Guidance on Device “Product Enhancements” Could Lead to Increased Recalls

On February 22, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued draft guidance explaining when a change to a medical device constitutes a medical device recall as opposed to a “product enhancement.” This draft guidance...more

Spilled Milk: District Court Judge Sides with Policyholder in Recall Damages Dispute

On January 8, 2013, a Minnesota federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of a policyholder who sought coverage from its commercial general liability insurer for contract damages stemming from the recall of...more

President Obama Signs New Expansive Food Safety Law

In the flurry of legislation passed by the 111th Congress in its final days, the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) cleared the Senate by unanimous voice vote on December 20, passed the House 215-144 the following day,...more

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