Pilot Program Aimed At Advancing Medical Device Development Set To Launch
Cardiology devices to have first opportunity to enroll
The US Food and Drug Administration’s Total Product Lifecycle Advisory Program pilot, which was authorized under MDUFA V, will begin rolling out next year. The program is designed to speed up the development of innovative medical devices and make them more readily available to patients.
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