The new director of the U.S. NIH, Monica Bertagnolli, has set out the prospectus for her tenure, saying she intends to apply the agency’s $47 billion per annum budget to reverse the decline in health and life expectancy in the U.S.
The U.S. FDA issued an update to a previous advisory to doctors regarding the use of electromyogram endotracheal tubes made by Dublin-based Medtronic plc., but there is still some noise in the agency’s communications regarding this matter.
Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc.’s Rosa robotics surgical assistant snapped up its fourth application with the U.S. FDA’s 510(k) clearance for use in shoulder replacement surgery. Over the past five years, the system has built a portfolio that includes partial and total knee replacement and total hip replacement.
Clearmind Medicine Inc. has received approval from Israel’s Ministry of Health to initiate a phase I/IIa trial of CMND-100 oral capsules for alcohol use disorder (AUD). The multinational trial in healthy volunteers and AUD subjects will be conducted in Israel and the U.S.
As chronic drug shortages continue in the U.S., yet another congressional investigation into the problem has been launched. But instead of a wholistic search for the root causes, this one, launched by the Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee, focuses on three drug companies – Pfizer Inc., Sandoz Inc. U.S. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
Instead of inter partes review (IPR) being a streamlined alternative to costly patent litigation as intended, a precedential decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit could make appeals of IPR decisions, regardless of their merits, another way to delay competition.
South Korea’s MFDS gave regulatory clearance to SK Inc. C&C’s artificial intelligence (AI) solution to diagnose cerebral infarction called Medical Insight+ Brain Infarct on Feb. 22, as a class III device.
The U.S. FDA’s December 2023 draft guidance for the use of real-world evidence (RWE) for medical devices drew comment from across the spectrum of stakeholders, but industry is demonstrably wary of the draft on several points. The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) offered several pointed criticisms, including that the draft seems to suggest that a fit-for-purpose study might be nearly indistinguishable from a conventional clinical trial, which MDMA said violates the least burdensome principle.
A China-based manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) suspended producing API for the U.S. market following an FDA inspection that found “significant deviations” from good manufacturing practices at the facility.
After nearly a decade and a half of service at the U.S. FDA, Bill Maisel will retire from the agency, taking with him a wealth of experience as both a physician and a regulator. The agency said Owen Faris, also a long-time member of the FDA staff, will take Maisel’s place as the director of the Office of Product Evaluation and Quality (OPEQ), but this is a temporary stint for Faris as the agency will conduct a search for Maisel’s replacement.