The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on inspections of drug and device manufacturing sites is a matter of record, but the agency says it is on track to resume inspections for high-risk considerations. However, the FDA also said it will likely make more extensive use of virtual inspection tools going forward, a development that may ease some of the operational interruptions engendered by conventional on-site inspections.
HONG KONG – The revisions for China’s Regulations for Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices, which promise harsher penalties and post-market enforcements, will come into effect on June 1, 2021. The revisions see authorities take a more progressive and aggressive approach to the regulatory enforcement of medical device products in China.
While it remains to be seen whether the FDA will break with its advisory panel and approve Biogen Inc.’s high-profile Alzheimer’s candidate by the June 7 PDUFA date, the clinical data for beta-amyloid-targeting aducanumab didn’t exactly impress experts at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, who suggested an annual price tag of $2,560 to $8,290.
Beigene Ltd.’s PARP inhibitor, pamiparib, won conditional approval from China’s National Medical Products Administration for treating patients with germline BRCA mutation-associated recurrent advanced ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who have been treated with two or more lines of chemotherapy.
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The FDA’s operations have been badly hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Jeff Shuren, director of the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), said review times for most non-COVID product categories should resume their normal clip by the end of 2021. However, he acknowledged that the lag for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) may not be fully resolved until 2022 because of the resources needed to review emergency use authorizations for tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
My01 Inc. has received FDA clearance for its My01 Continuous Compartmental Pressure Monitor with full Bluetooth capabilities. The device is intended to help doctors diagnose and avert the risks of developing compartment syndrome, a potentially devastating complication of certain fractures and trauma injuries.
The Biden administration’s May 5 about-face on the proposed TRIPS waiver of intellectual property (IP) protections for COVID-19-related medical products is not playing well with U.S. industry, EU trading partners and others concerned about the long-term unintended consequences.
The FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee panelists groped through cloudy data while complaining about the design of the phase III trial for Chemocentryx Inc.’s avacopan, and after going overtime ended up without consensus. Briefing documents ahead of the meeting darkened what had been a fairly bright picture for the complement C5a receptor inhibitor for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis, but Wall Street held out hope. Wainwright analyst Edward White opined in a May 5 report that the adcom’s outcome “could still be positive,” and a May 4 dispatch from Canaccord Genuity’s Michelle Gilson said the briefing docs “miss[ed] the big picture.”