Ironically, one of the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic is an overdue review and revision of U.S. dual use research of concern (DURC) policies, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Potential Pandemic Pathogen Care and Oversight guidance. Consequently, several senators are asking the White House to halt all ongoing and new viral gain-of-function and DURC studies in the life sciences that involve enhanced pathogens of pandemic potential.
The board of General Electric Co. officially approved the tax-free spin-off of the company’s health care business, which will be called GE Healthcare Technologies Inc. The new company will begin trading on the Nasdaq on Jan. 4, 2023, under the ticker symbol “GEHC.”
The ability to inexpensively predict events such as stroke and heart attack is something of a holy grail for cardiologists, and a new study presented at this year’s annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) provides just that capability. A study of an algorithm developed to examine a single chest X-ray suggests that the data generated by the algorithm can be as effective in establishing the patient’s risk of these events as a standard approach that relies on information that isn’t always readily available to the clinician.
The U.S. FDA posted an update to the ongoing recall of respirators and positive airway pressure devices by Philips Respironics Inc., a subsidiary of Amsterdam-based Royal Phillips NV, which are associated with more than 21,000 medical device reports (MDRs) between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, 2022. However, these MDRs are also associated with 91 patient deaths, which while they cannot be attributed directly to these devices, are nonetheless a stain on the reputation of the company’s products going forward.
Rapidai Inc. received U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance for release of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) triage technology that reduces notification fatigue in doctors swamped by calls to treat hemorrhages that turn out to be false positives. In a test sample sent to the regulatory agency, the artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system demonstrated a sensitivity rating of 97% detecting genuine hemorrhages and 100% specificity for a false positive rate of zero.
The companion diagnostic (CDx) has been a mainstay of oncology care for several years, but Richard Pazdur, director of the U.S. FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), said recently in a public forum recently that the notion of a single CDx for an investigational drug has not served patients well. Pazdur said OCE and the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health are working on a pilot program that would entail the publication of performance standards for the tests used in these trials, a development that would lead to more routine development of lab-developed tests (LDTs) for these studies and thus undercut any incentive to develop a patented in vitro diagnostic for that purpose.
Sema4 Holdings Corp., Illumina Inc. and Pear Therapeutics Inc. joined a growing list of med-tech companies responding to what Pear CEO Corey McCann called a “challenging macroenvironment” by spinning off, selling or shuttering non-core lines of business and slimming payroll.
The U.S. FDA has given the green light to Aeye Health Inc. for its autonomous diagnostic screening system for diabetic retinopathy. The Aeye Diagnostic Screening (Aeye-DS) uses artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose the eye condition from retinal images captured by a fundus, or retinal, camera.
Cybersecurity has become one of the core concerns for med tech in this part of the 21st Century, and a collaboration between the FDA and the Mitre Corp., has yielded a new playbook that calls for a regional response to issues such as ransomware. However, this new document calls on medical device manufacturers to take part in cybersecurity exercises along with health care delivery organizations, an exercise that some manufacturers might not be prepared to undertake.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a bulletin in connection with the Venus ransomware, the latest in a running series of such malware to hit computer systems across the globe.