Meeting Announcement: October 8-9, 2013 Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory CommitteeSeptember 9, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments
On both days the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on devices indicated for use in patients with heart failure (HF). On October 8, 2013, the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on information related to the premarket approval application regarding the expansion of indications supported by the BLOCK HF trial...
Despite widespread adoption by hospitals of surgical robot technology over the past decade, a “slapdash” system of reporting complications paints an unclear picture of its safety, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. In a report published online in the Journal for Healthcare Quality...
FDA regulators put their highest-risk Class I label on Siemens' (NYSE:SI) recall of more than 78,000 of its MicroScan Synergies plus and MicroScan rapID/S plus antimicrobial tests, warning that false test results could hinder patient care.
A new ASTM International standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. The new standard, ASTM F2996, Practice for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Nonmodular Metallic Orthopaedic Hip Femoral Stems, was developed by Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty, part of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.
Innovative control technology offers medical professionals and technicians the potential to do much more with diagnostic imaging equipment. “A New Dimension in Diagnostics,” this issue's cover story, looks at intuitive controls for radiological applications.
Guy Francfort, vice president of sales and marketing for MEGA Electronics Inc., was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.
Wet Platinum Premium Personal Lubricant has received Section 510(k) medical device approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which allows this 100% silicone, latex-friendly product to be marketed in interstate commerce as substantially similar to other legally marketed predicate products.
HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an IDE Supplement that allows HeartWare to commence enrollment in an additional patient cohort for ENDURANCE...
The FDA took issue with certain manufacturing processes at a Fresenius plant in Puerto Rico, handing the German medical healthcare company its 3rd warning letter this year. Following an April inspection, the FDA raised concerns about product labeling and complaint-handling processes at the blood bag manufacturing plant...
The FDA has made medical device cybersecurity a high priority, even as it stresses that there have been no reported incidents of malicious medical device hacks or of patients harmed by a security-related issue. But that assurance is based more on assumption than fact, experts say.
Canadian healthcare regulators approved InSightec's ExAblate ultrasound system, clearing the device for use against 2 different diseases. Health Canada granted ExAblate indication to break up benign uterine tumors and to alleviate painful symptoms of metastatic bone tumors.
Many medical device companies have long petitioned for a repeal of the 2.3% excise tax on U.S. sales, but analysts say medtech companies have already managed to absorb the tax without taking a hit to the bottom line or jacking up costs for consumers.
No, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has not been clinically proven to cure or be effective in the treatment of cancer, autism, or diabetes. But do a quick search on the Internet, and you'll see all kinds of claims for these and other diseases for which the device has not been cleared or approved by FDA.
Regulations for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) 2 impact the ways in which companies do business, especially in the medical device industry. On July 22, 2014, when a company places a CE mark on medical devices, they are confirming all appropriate measures were taken to ensure each product meets the RoHS 2 directive...
Covidien recalled some lots of its Monoject syringes after discovering a sterilization mishap and labeling problem. The issues affected 14 lots in shipments that went out to customers in the U.S. and Bermuda, the Mansfield, Mass.-based medical products giant said.
Medical device makers issued more than 400 recalls during Q2, 30% more than in the previous quarter. That's higher than reported for the last 5 quarter, according to a report by Stericycle ExpertRECALL. The recalls affected about 9.2 million units, a 50% decrease in the quantity of products affected in Q1.
An Idaho-based company that plans to build a facility in southeastern New Mexico to make uranium waste safe for long-term disposal has put its plans on hold because of a funding shortage.
The FDA is shifting some of its wound care review responsibilities away from the Center for Devices & Radiological Health, handing them instead to the Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research. Some of the products transfered include the Apligraf diabetic foot and venous leg ulcer treatment from Organogenesis.
The Healthcare Solutions experts at BSI, a leading Notified Body that helps companies comply with the essential regulatory requirements of the European Union, are offering members of the medical device community exclusive access to global industry experts at three Roadshow events in key U.S. cities in September.
It was discovered that there was a potential for the piercing pin on certain ISO-compliant Hospira blood sets to puncture the outer wall of the non-ISO-compliant blood bags during insertion of the pin into the blood bag. This can lead to the leakage of blood and health care provider exposure to blood products.
Kirk Barker, electronic product manager at maxon motors, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.
Cardica and its distribution partner Century Medical are shooting for Japanese regulatory approval for the stapling cartridge components of Cardica's MicroCutter Xchange surgical device. Redwood City, Calif.-based Cardica sent in the cartridge design validation application to Japan's Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency today.
Alere Connect has been granted a 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Alere MobileLink. The new product offering is one of Alere's connected device technologies designed to empower patients by allowing self-testing at home and delivering data quickly and seamlessly to clinical systems accessed by their healthcare providers.
Meeting Notice: September 11-12, 2013 Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory CommitteeAugust 13, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments
On September 11, 2013, during session I, the committee will discuss and make recommendations regarding the proposed classification of external cardiac compressor (ECC) devices, one of the remaining preamendments class III devices regulated under the section 510(k) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360(k)) (510(k)) pathway.
Ensuring compliance with IEC 60601-1 is simply a must for every medical device manufacturer. However, with revisions and updates, it’s difficult for a company to ensure they are constantly in compliance unless they have a dedicated expert on staff. Therefore, an excellent solution for this challenge is to partner with a company that is exactly that—an expert on the standard.