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A No-Predicate 510(k) Future? Pending US FDA Policy Might Forge A Path

510(k) clearances are the US market on-ramp for most devices, and proving the device is similar enough to an already-marketed product is the entry toll. But a policy in development at FDA's device center offers an optional approach that avoids predicate comparisons. Center director Jeffrey Shuren says in an interview that he expects the new approach will become the "pathway of choice" for many companies, potentially upending what has been a defining characteristic of the device regulatory landscape for decades.

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MDR And IVDR Fail Risk-Benefit Assessment, EU Reg Expert Says

"I fail to see any merit in this piece of dismally bad legislation. It is absolutely in no one’s interest," says consultant and regulatory expert Jaap Laufer, who predicts disastrous impact on many companies and the end of notified bodies as we know them.

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Siemens Adds Infectious Disease Tests With Luxembourg's Fast-Track Diagnostics

Siemens Healthineers has signed an agreement to acquire Luxembourg-based Fast Track Diagnostics (FTD) the developer of diagnostics that can distinguish between viral, bacterial, or other infections in one test. The deal comes as Siemens is shaping up to float Healthineers, as an independently publicly-listed company.

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QUOTED. Dec 15, 2017. Jaap Laufer.

Emergo's Jaap Laufer says the oncoming Medical Device and IVD Regulations have serious flaws that could lead to the demise of the EU notified body system. Check out what he says might result.
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Retroactive Device-Tax Suspension Won't Work, Industry Says, Pressing For Urgent Action

AdvaMed told Republican leaders of the House and Senate that they should rethink any plans to wait until next year to pass a retroactive suspension of the device tax, after the tax has already been reinstituted. The tax needs to be addressed by Dec. 31 to avoid a costly, bureaucratic nightmare, the industry group argues.

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European Commission Sorts Medtech Working Groups And Creates New One

The current European Commission medtech working group structure has evolved over the last 25 years. Now some changes are needed.

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QUOTED. Dec 18, 2017. Shelby Oakley.

Check out what GAO's Shelby Oakley had to say about the US Department of Veterans Affairs' missteps in revamping its medical supply purchasing system.
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Power Morcellator Use Increases Cancer Risk, FDA Verifies

There is a 1-in-225 to 1-in-580 risk that women getting fibroid removal surgery through hysterectomies or myomectomies may have hidden uterine sarcomas, US FDA said Dec. 14, and verified that power morcellation use during the surgeries will result in higher rates of cancer recurrence.

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US GAO: Veterans Affairs Falls Short In Med-Supply Purchase Revamp

An attempt by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to institute a new system for ordering medical supplies has gotten off to a rough start, with staffing issues, problems in formulary design and non-competitive contracts all muting the impact, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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'Least Burdensome' Supersized? Draft Guidance Outlines An Expanded View Of The US FDA Concept

The US agency issued a draft guidance that brings the 20-year old concept of "least burdensome" in medical device regulation to all corners of the device center's activities.

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Quoted. Dec 14, 2017. JC Scott.

Check out what top AdvaMed lobbyist JC Scott has to say about the  effort to fit an extended five-year moratorium on the device excise tax into Congress' end-of-year rush.
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Protecting Against Individual Prosecutions: Execs Remain A Focus, But There Are Ways To Reduce Risks

As the US Justice Department continues its focus on individual liability in device industry enforcement, it’s more important than ever that manufacturers bring executives in early on problems to limit liability.

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Device Week, Dec. 6, 2017 – How Investigator Familiarity Breeds Recalls, Poor Quality

On this week’s podcast, we highlight an eye-opening study that shows that the chummier a device-maker is with US FDA investigators, the more likely it is that those firms will experience quality system troubles and face costly product recalls.

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BFFs With FDA? Repeat Visits From Investigators Can Lead To Poor Device Quality, Recalls, Study Suggests

When a US FDA investigator is overly familiar with a company and its people, it can lead to a weaker facility inspection that might not uncover quality system problems – which in turn could lead to troublesome devices and recalls. So says a study conducted by professors at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and the University of Minnesota, which found that a device-maker's recall hazard increases 21% when it's inspected a second time by the same investigator. Even more concerning: The recall hazard shoots up 57% after an investigator's third audit of a firm. Might rotating investigator assignments help? And how might the agency's new "program alignment" inspectional scheme affect how often an investigator visits a particular firm?

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5 Ongoing US FDA Device Center Pilot Programs: A Listing

Having trouble keeping track of the many pilot programs offered by US FDA's device center? Then this handy listing of ongoing pilots should help.

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Device Week, Dec. 14, 2017 – MTI 100

On this week's podcast, we discuss our latest MTI 100 rankings, providing a view on top revenue-getters in the medtech space, and we look at issues that are driving up and down movements on the list.

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Hindsight 20/20: Laurent Grandidier

Hindsight 20/20 is a Q&A feature where medtech industry veterans share their experience taking diverse businesses – be they startups or publicly-listed entities – from strength to strength and navigating through times of crises. In this installment, Laurent Grandidier shares what he learned from his time at medtech multinationals, like Teleflex and Boston Scientific, and at startups like Endosense and, the firm he currently leads, Xeltis. He explains how a carefully planned, step-by-step approach is the best way to get investors to buy into a high-risk, high-reward investment proposition, and why sometimes you need to have the audacity to pivot and take a company in a different, more commercially viable direction.

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Nanorobots, Digital Tracking, Dose Printing: Innovative Drug Delivery Systems Will Make Precise Drug Dosing A Reality

Precision medicine delivered by novel drug delivery systems, ranging from sensors to dose printers, could eventually revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Although many of these technologies are years away from commercialization, their ability to provide exact dosing with slow sustained release and more targeted therapy should improve patient compliance and outcomes.

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Pain Is Biggest Market For Transdermal Drug Delivery But Not A Patch Over Neuro For Growth

The growing aging population and rising obesity rates are paving the way for patch-based drug delivery systems to treat such common age-related diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, hormonal deficiencies, heart disease, as well as for managing acute and chronic pain patients. According to a new report by Meddevicetracker, the global market for transdermal patch products will reach $8.1bn by 2021, a CAGR of 2.9% from 2016. In this feature, we'll take a closer look at the overall market and the key players in the individual segments in this overall market. We'll take a deep dive into the neurological disorders segment, which is expected to see the biggest growth in the overall segment. We'll also feature physician specialty surveys outlining the pros and cons of using patch-based systems.

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QUOTED. Dec 13, 2017. Kyparissia Sirinakis.

Check out what Kyparissia Sirinakis, managing partner of Epidarex Capital, had to say about misperceptions related to early-stage medtech venture investing.
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UK Device Manufacturers Must Contingency Plan For A Hard Brexit

The compromise tone adopted last week by the UK government on key "phase 1" issues of an EU-UK Brexit deal was welcomed by UK health-care products industries, but with uncertainty over phase 2 – the future EU trade deal – still hampering UK business planning, local companies have no choice but to begin contingencies for a hard Brexit. Overseas stakeholders are also starting to distance themselves from a UK still unable to commit to a post-2019 relationship with the EU27.

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LSP Scoops $330m For New Medtech Investment Fund

Around 15 medtech companies will benefit from a new $330m fund that has just been raised by investment group LSP. This fund is said to be the biggest in Europe dedicated to medtech.

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Global Approvals Analysis: Eight Brain Device Approvals Mark Neurotech November

Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker reports 22 medical device approvals from outside the United States in November, including 12 CE marks from Europe, plus approvals from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, India, Canada, Australia and Argentina.

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NHS Medtech Demand-Side Should Be Greater Priority, Says UK Industry In AAR Response

The Accelerated Access Review, part of the UK's renewed push to speed access to innovations for system efficiency, cost savings and outcomes improvements, strikes most of the right notes, but there is still room for improvement in the framework of innovation adoption by the NHS, according to an industry-commissioned response to the review.

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Mainstay Medical Reaches Milestone With Interim Results Of US Clinical Trial

Mainstay Medical is making steps towards the US commercialization of its neurostimulation system ReActiv8. The company announced a positive outcome from interim analysis of its US ReActiv8 B clinical trial which aims to gather data in support of an application for pre-market approval from the US FDA.

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Start Up Spotlight: Thyncing Twice About Psoriasis

Bioelectronics company Thync is gearing up for more clinical trials in 2018 to demonstrate the benefits of its neuromodulation platform for treating psoriasis. The Silicon Valley startup currently sells its wearable device to treat anxiety, stress and improve sleep.

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New Data Validates Myriad's myRisk Hereditary Breast Cancer Test, Enhanced With riskScore

Results of a 1,617-patient trial, presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on Dec. 6, show Myriad Genetics' riskScore test, which combines data from the traditional Tyrer-Cuzick model with 86 single nucleotide polymorphisms can predict the five-year and lifetime risk of breast cancer compared to the Tyrer-Cuzick model alone.

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Starts & Stops: Mercator Looking To Leap Into New Indications For Bullfrog Micro-Infusion Drug-Delivery

Starts & Stops is a regular feature highlighting Medtech Insight's monthly editors' picks of noteworthy medtech clinical trial announcements, initiations, completions, and suspensions. This month's edition, covering November, is led by a major milestone for Mercator Medsystems, developer of the Bullfrog micro-infusion catheter.

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QUOTED. Dec. 5, 2017

Check out what Dan Heller, cofounder and CEO of Two Pore Guys, had to say about the firm's digital, hand-held single-molecule biosensor that detects molecules of any type, including viruses, bacteria, antibodies and pathogens.
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