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In this week’s podcast, senior reporter Sue Darcey talks about troubling developments for US laboratories and diagnostic test-makers that say the Government Accountability Office was mistaken in conclusions it reached in a recent report about how much labs will be billing Medicare for clinical tests. Also discussed are comments lab associations sent to US legislators, who have been trying to win industry and stakeholder consensus on a regulatory reform proposal for laboratory developed tests (LDTs) that they call the VALID Act.
A Beverly Hills doctor was slapped with a US FDA warning letter for quality systems, Medical Device Reporting and pre-market issues related to a device used during breast augmentation procedures, and an Oyster Bay, NY, specification developer of the Better Bladder device was instructed by the agency to hire a consultant to help fix its quality systems issues. Two other missives were released this week – the first device-related warning letters posted online by FDA since early December 2018.
Medtech Tips: First-Rate Problem Statement Key To Failure Investigations, Cardinal Health Quality VP Says
A clear, succinct problem statement is the backbone of a winning device failure investigation, Karl Vahey says. He notes that a well-developed statement is also useful to have on hand when regulators conduct a facility audit and review corrective and preventive action (CAPA) activities.
The upcoming voluntary global standard F3306 aims to improve the safety of surgically implanted medical devices. F3306 describes a novel test method that assesses metal and other ions released from single-use, metallic, implantable devices, and their components.
Q4 Recalls Snapshot: Recalled Device Units Soar 449%; Bad Software Leading Recall Cause For 11th Quarter In A Row
While the number of recalled products fell 1% in the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of recalled device units spiked dramatically. Machine failure was the top recall cause based on units, while software was blamed for causing the most recalled products for the 11th consecutive quarter. Check out our Q4 recalls infographic.
Total Recall: FDA Final Guidance Says Firms Should Publicize Recalls Until Problem Products No Longer Used
Recall announcements should be readily accessible to the public until recalled products are gone from the market, US FDA recommends in a new corrections and removals guidance that covers all goods regulated by the agency.