The new year always brings with it a series of New Year’s resolutions, and the U.S. FDA has apparently resolved to catch up on its backlog of de novo notifications. The earlier of the two de novo regulatory announcements is for a digital product by Minneapolis-based Nightware Inc., and its namesake kit for reduction of sleep disturbances, a regulation that arrives more than two years after the product was granted market access.
The European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) each allow a hospital to develop a device or an in vitro diagnostic for use solely in that hospital, but there is no regulatory free pass despite the lack of commercial intent. While the latest guidance on these in-house tests acknowledges that the hospital must determine the degree to which it must comply with the relevant regulation, any hospital that makes and uses an in-house diagnostic or device must develop a risk management mechanism for that device or diagnostic, not an easy lift for entities that may be glancingly familiar at best with conventional regulatory schemes.
At a time when Chat GPT is making waves in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), new legislation is making the rounds in Washington that would allow an AI algorithm to write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) introduced H.R. 206 to the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee Jan. 9, although at present the bill enjoys the backing of no other members of the House, suggesting that this legislation has a steep climb in front of it.
The U.S. FDA and Health Canada announced that they will roll out a pilot program that allows a medical device manufacturer to submit a medical device application to both agencies simultaneously for class II and class III medical devices.
The U.S. FDA’s 510(k) program is yet again under assault, this time from the authors of a Jan. 10 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The authors’ primary point seems to be that any 510(k) devices that recite a predicate that is the subject of at least three recalls are themselves more likely than average to be the subject of a recall, although there was no discernible association between recall status and technological differences between the predicate and the follow-on devices.
The U.S. FDA’s surveillance of endoscopes related to reprocessing issues has yielded two more warning letters, one each for Tokyo-based Olympus Medical and its Aizu Olympus subsidiary, both of which were cited for inadequate procedures for medical device reports (MDRs).
Sotera Health Services LLC, the parent company of Sterigenics US LLC, has agreed to pay $408 million to settle more than 870 lawsuits pending against the company in Illinois as a means of moving past the specter of ongoing litigation over Sterigenics’ use of ethylene oxide (EtO) for contract medical device sterilization. The settlement may open the doors to litigation over other sterilization plants’ use of the sterilant, constituting an industry-wide attack on device sterilization services that may crimp supplies of devices that are not candidates for other methods of sterilization.
U.S. FDA warning letters for medical devices are relatively rare these days, and the Oct. 6, 2022, warning to Empowered Diagnostics LLC of Pompano Beach, Fla., suggests that COVID tests are still front and center where FDA enforcement is concerned.
Some patent litigation cases don’t require a deep effort to interpret claims, but the litigation between Agilent Technologies Inc., and Dionex Softron GmbH, forced the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to determine whether a written description adequately captures the use of a piston in a liquid chromatograph to avoid nullification of the claim.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported an indictment of three men alleged to have filed more than $100 million in genetic testing false claims directly or indirectly with the Medicare program. Two of the three defendants face as many as 65 years of incarceration if convicted, a clear sign that federal government agencies in the U.S. are more intent than ever on cracking down on fraud and abuse of federal health programs.