The U.S. FDA has cleared Cochlear Ltd.’s newest cochlear implant, the Osia 2 system, an active implantable bone conduction hearing system. Unlike Cochlear’s traditional implant, the Osia implant bypasses damaged parts of the ear and sends sound vibrations directly to the cochlea.
The Medicare coverage memo for next-generation DNA sequencing (NGS) was reopened to allow for NGS testing for other than late-stage cancers, but stakeholders are urging the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow repeat testing, another change that would considerably boost utilization.
BEIJING – China has updated its national reimbursement drug list (NRDL) to include innovative drugs that it has recently approved, including homegrown cancer drugs and foreign imports. Industry experts said they believe it is a move to drive biotech innovation at home.
HONG KONG – Celltrion Healthcare Co. Ltd., a South Korean biopharmaceutical corporation, won European Union (EU) marketing approval for Remsima SC for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as a subcutaneous version of Celltrion’s infliximab biosimilar, CT-P13.
The U.S. FDA has engaged in an overhaul of its software policies in the wake of the mandates spelled out by the 21st Century Cures Act. However, those policies are still a work in progress, as a recent FDA webinar made clear. The FDA won’t have long to put those policies into place as the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a follow-on to the Cures Act, dubbed Cures 2.0, which will impose yet more changes on the agency’s approach to software regulation.