My01 Inc. has received FDA clearance for its My01 Continuous Compartmental Pressure Monitor with full Bluetooth capabilities. The device is intended to help doctors diagnose and avert the risks of developing compartment syndrome, a potentially devastating complication of certain fractures and trauma injuries.
Molli Surgical Inc. has won the FDA’s nod for its wire-free localization technology for breast cancer surgery. The company said the Molli system helps radiologists tag cancerous lesions quickly and precisely, facilitating surgical excision and eliminating a source of anxiety associated with breast tumor removal.
Another monoclonal antibody therapy has entered the pandemic fray with the FDA granting emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) 700 mg and etesevimab (JS016 or LY-CoV016) 1,400 mg as a cocktail for treating mild to moderate COVID-19 in patients aged 12 and up at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.
While the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research met all action dates for the 53 new molecular entities approved in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, developers of at least 8 drugs continue to wait for a decision beyond their expected timelines.
After nearly three months of the U.S. federal government operating on stopgap spending measures, Congress has agreed to a $1.4 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2021. The omnibus package, which includes $97 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, gives both the FDA and NIH small increases in funding.
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Developers of tests for the COVID-19 pandemic are deploying an increasingly wider range of test systems for molecular testing, but the FDA’s Toby Lowe said that despite the seeming interchangeability of real-time PCR (rt-PCR) systems, performance of a reference panel for a tweaked test must reflect the use of the rt-PCR system that is listed in the existing emergency use authorization (EUA).
Patient engagement is increasingly the order of the day in the device development process as the U.S. FDA has made clear, a consideration that drove the Oct. 22 FDA advisory hearing. A patient representative said patients want to take part as early as possible in the development process for software as a medical device (SaMD), and Pat Baird, director of global software standards for Royal Pillips N.V., said industry is very much open to ideas about bringing the patient perspective on board earlier in that process.
Once upon a time in an age before the Internet, all things digital and even Hatch-Waxman, the FDA worked in its corner of the government approving drugs and therapeutic equivalents with little fanfare or transparency. Its decisions were duly recorded on paper and filed away. With the files located only at the agency, pharmacies across the country were left to wonder about which drugs could be substituted for another. Their recourse was to pick up the phone and pay for a long-distance call to the FDA every time a question arose. To reduce the number of phone calls it was getting, the FDA printed out a list of approved drugs with their equivalents and sent it to the pharmacies. The year was 1980, and the month was October. Going with the season, the FDA slapped an orange paper cover on the listing, giving birth to the Orange Book.