Most enforcement activities in the U.S. related to physician participation in fraud deal with activities that run to six figures at most, but the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported recently that it has snared a much bigger fish.
The U.S. FDA has issued a final guidance for non-clinical performance testing for tissue containment bags used during power morcellation procedures, and the FDA had recommended in 2020 containment bags always be used during morcellation procedures. Despite the FDA’s advisory, a survey of surgeons published last year suggested that most of these procedures are not done with these containment systems, possibly because the rate of procedure-related complications is considerably higher when containment is used.
The U.S. FDA has awarded Locate Bio Ltd. a breakthrough device designation for its Ldgraft spine fusion product for the treatment of degenerative disk disease, paving the way to the first in human study later this year.
Boston Scientific Corp., has announced that it has abandoned its plans to acquire M.I. Tech Co. Ltd., of South Korea after opposition was announced by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC lauded the news with a May 24 statement that cited the agency’s cooperation with other national regulatory authorities as a factor in scotching the proposed acquisition, the second time in recent weeks that government agencies have grounded mergers and acquisitions in the med-tech space.
Pfizer Inc.’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir) became the first oral antiviral to win full U.S. FDA approval for treating COVID-19, cleared for use in adults who are at high risk for progression to severe disease, including hospitalization or death. The nod follows two months after the agency’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee voted 16-1 in favor of Paxlovid’s overall benefit-risk assessment.
Patent disputes over medical technology exert a significant influence on a company’s fortunes in the marketplace, and a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinforces yet again the importance of patent protection for device manufacturers. In a decision filed May 24, the Federal Circuit decreed that patents for catheters held by Teleflex Innovations were not rendered ineligible by what Dublin-based Medtronic plc had asserted was prior art, thus dealing Medtronic a blow in its efforts to have the five Teleflex patents in question rendered null.
Sequana Medical NV is considering listing in the U.S. as it builds towards the commercialization of its Alfapump, CEO Ian Crosbie told BioWorld in an interview. The company has received a U.S. FDA breakthrough device designation for Alfapump, which treats recurrent or refractory ascites due to liver cirrhosis, and it completed a pivotal study in 2022. The company intends to file the data with the FDA by the end of this year, with the hope of getting premarket approval before the end of 2024.
A week ahead of its May 29 PDUFA date, the U.S. FDA has approved Xacduro (sulbactam for injection; durlobactam for injection) for treating one of the toughest and most deadly infections, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, in adults.
When it comes to cutting health care costs in the U.S., last year’s Inflation Reduction Act, with its inflationary rebates and direct Medicare negotiations, was just Act 1. Now lawmakers, in both the House and Senate, are feverishly working on bipartisan scripts for Act 2 that go beyond biopharma’s role in drug prices to taking on pricing issues across the health care sector.