The FDA's September 2019 final guidance for the humanitarian device exemption program brought some clarity to several issues, but device makers must still untangle the question of which tasks an institutional review board (IRB) has delegated to an appropriate local committee for a specific clinical site.
The U.S. FDA has given 510(k) clearance to the Advanced Intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) for Canon Medical Systems USA Inc.'s Aquilion Precision CT scanner. The regulatory green light brings artificial intelligence (AI)-based image reconstruction capabilities to the world's first ultra-high resolution CT imaging system.
DUBLIN – Merck & Co. Inc. is in line to obtain conditional marketing authorization from the European Union for its live attenuated vaccine for preventing Ebola virus infection, V920 Ebola Zaire vaccine (rVSVDG-ZEBOV-GP live), following a positive recommendation for approval from the EMA's Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) at its October meeting last week. Formal approval should follow within 67 days, after which the Kenilworth, N.J.-based pharma would market the vaccine as Ervebo.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. FDA's 2018 final guidance for payer communications widely was seen as long overdue upon delivery. For his part, Paul Savidge, U.S. general counsel at Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics Inc., said his company's development of the required information for such communication was "a massive undertaking" that proved useful a second time when it came to promoting its product after FDA approval.
Sky Medical Technology Ltd. has cinched FDA clearance for a third indication for its geko device, a noninvasive, battery-powered wearable technology designed to increase blood flow in the deep veins of the lower legs. The Daresbury, U.K.-based company already had the agency's blessing for geko's use immediately after surgery to stimulate the calf muscles to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) and preoperative reduction of edema. Now the FDA has granted geko 510(k) clearance for stimulation of calf muscles to curb venous thrombosis in nonsurgical patients at risk of VTE.