The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: Advisory hearing gives Neovasc Reducer poor marks for efficacy; CMS eyes expanded DME coverage of CGMs; APEC launches Vision 2025 for business ethics; Innovation Alliance voices support for Iancu, PTAB changes.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Astellas Pharma, Cognita Labs, Medical Microinstruments, Neuroem.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting biopharma, including: Lawmakers spill Purdue documents on heels of settlement; Western states join forces to review vaccines; FDA finalizes nicotine drug guidance; CBER tackling guidance agenda; Innovation Alliance voices support for PTAB changes.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Aprinoia, Astellas, Astrazeneca, Daiichi Sankyo, Insmed, Passage, Qualigen, Revision, Taysha Gene Therapies.
The past two device user fee schedules have essentially doubled the volumes collected in the prior fee agreements, a pace that some in industry have described as unsustainable. That issue was front and center again in the first public meeting for the next user fee agreement, with FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn saying the agency’s device center needs more money, and industry representatives arguing that the bulk of the device center’s funding must be obtained through congressional appropriations, not from industry-funded user fees.
The U.S. FDA moved the goal posts for other companies with its expansion of the emergency use authorization for Helix Opco LLC’s COVID-19 test to include both unsupervised self-collection of samples and testing of asymptomatic individuals. The new indications promise to make the Helix test the preferred tool for schools, universities, and work settings by reducing costs and increasing flexibility.
Virtual Incision Corp. revealed that it had received a green light from the U.S. FDA to begin its study of its miniaturized in vivo robotic assistant (MIRA) Platform. Initially, the company will focus the platform on minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery. With the MIRA Platform, the company will aim to enter a growing market in the U.S., where more than 400,000 colon resection procedures are performed each year.
Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s anticipated win with Eysuvis (loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension) 0.25% for the short-term (up to two weeks) treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED) didn’t help shares (NASDAQ:KALA), which closed Oct. 27 at $6.28, down $1.44, or 18.7%, on word of the FDA approval.