LONDON – The European Parliament gave its full backing to the emergency measure to delay the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), voting by 693 to 1 in favor of postponing implementation from May 26 this year, to May 26, 2021. The delay will “allow health authorities and manufacturers alike to prioritize the fight against the coronavirus pandemic” by keeping existing procedures in place, the parliament said in a statement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has moved rapidly over the past few weeks, and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Inc. is doing its part to help during the crisis. To that end, the Raritan, N.J.-based company has worked to successfully secure an emergency use authorization (EUA) for its total antibody assay for COVID-19, the Vitros Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 total reagent pack and calibrators.
HONG KONG – South Korea’s Osang Healthcare Co. Ltd. became the first Korean company to receive the U.S. FDA’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 test kit. In a letter dated April 18, 2020, the FDA informed Osang of its authorization for the company’s Genefinder COVID-19 Plus Realamp Kit.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Cytosorbents, Endospan, Fosun Pharma, Foundation Medicine, Genosensor, Osang Healthcare.
With a coronavirus task force briefing unfolding at the White House late on April 17, an FDA eager to show its ongoing commitment to tackling other disease amid the pandemic, granted accelerated approval to Incyte Corp.'s Pemazyre (pemigatinib), the first treatment approved for adults with certain types of previously treated, advanced cholangiocarcinoma.