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Medical Devices

June 10, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Tuesday (June 9) asked administration officials how many diagnostic tests and how much protective gear the administration has stockpiled for the next wave of the coronavirus.

June 09, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers and public health experts on Tuesday (June 9) called for FDA to quickly remove unauthorized COVID-19 serology tests from the market pending agency review to prevent so-called junk tests from being marketed and sold to doctors and consumers.

June 08, 2020 | Daily News

A nursing trade association group called for a complete end to reusing N95 and KN95 masks after FDA rolled back its emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for reuse of certain respirators due to safety concerns over the effectiveness of decontaminating them.

June 02, 2020 | Daily News

Third-party medical device servicers want Congress, FDA and CMS to ensure that, post-COVID-19, servicers will still be able to obtain critical device servicing materials, including equipment manuals and training, access to which has increased during the pandemic thanks to collaboration between servicers and device makers.

June 01, 2020 | Daily News

FDA chief Stephen Hahn has asked agency officials to look into whether some of the more flexible and novel approaches FDA has taken to respond to COVID-19, including allowing remote clinical trial visits, using real-world evidence to make certain regulatory decisions and streamlining lab test approvals, could be applied more broadly and on a more permanent basis.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Friday (May 29) published a voluntary Emergency Use Authorization template for COVID-19 at-home sample collection kits.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Friday (May 29) took several steps to improve and ramp up use of the agency’s Orange Book in a bid to provide more timely and accurate information about generic drugs and spur generic drug competition.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

The medical device manufacturing groups Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance and Advanced Medical Technology Association, as well as device maker Philips, quietly withdrew from FDA’s Medical Device Servicing Collaborative Communities (MDSCC) this month, sparking concern among third-party device servicers who worry the withdrawal of two large and respected device lobby groups poses a setback for the partnership.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Friday (May 29) called for stakeholders to provide input on how best to establish and sustain global rare disease clinical trial networks, which the agency says could help advance the third component of its Rare Disease Cures Accelerator platform that aims to improve clinical trials for rare diseases.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

FDA on Thursday (May 21) listed 27 COVID-19 antibody tests that no longer are on the market under FDA’s March 16 policy that allowed tests to be marketed and distributed without FDA authorization as long as the manufacturers notified the agency.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

CMS is giving Medicare Administrative Contractors broad authority to set payment rates for COVID-19-related tests in their respective jurisdictions until the agency comes up with national Medicare payment rates.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

FDA is open to authorizing COVID-19 at-home sample collection kits for over-the-counter use, as long as sponsors demonstrate consumers can easily use the tests and interpret results without oversight by a health care professional, an agency official told stakeholders during FDA’s Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday (May 20).

May 18, 2020 | Daily News

FDA, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working with stakeholders to ensure 3D-printed swabs for COVID-19 testing can be widely manufactured and distributed with proper labeling and packaging, representatives from the three agencies told stakeholders during a virtual town hall on Friday (May 15).

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

HHS and the Department of Defense are working together to restructure the Strategic National Stockpile so that inventory management falls more in line with how DOD handles munitions stockpiles, senior White House officials said.

May 13, 2020 | Daily News

European Union trade officials on Friday (May 15) will discuss EU-U.S. trade relations as the bloc’s trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, looks to refresh the trans-Atlantic relationship and address some irritants between the two on the path to economic recovery.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn sent out a memo Monday (May 11) laying out a process to return to in-person surveillance inspections that have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 11, 2020 | Daily News

Senior administration officials on Monday (May 11) lauded FDA for it works authorizing new COVID-19 tests for the market, including the latest Emergency Use Authorization for the first COVID-19 antigen test, which one administration official described as a “major advance."

May 08, 2020 | Daily News

FDA has decided to abandon development of a regulatory pathway that aimed to address cross-labeling issues between medical devices and drugs, and that FDA says would have reduced regulatory burden for device makers seeking approval for device-drug combination products.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged the Trump administration Thursday (May 7) to increase production of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and medical supplies by creating a federal agency to oversee public-private partnerships for the COVID-19 crisis.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins suggested federal researchers should, with appropriate consent, track individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies to see whether they develop the disease later down the road.