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Taking 'Charge' of Your Mood

October 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

As we go about our daily activities, we’re at the mercy of whatever mood we’re in. That’s all well and good when in a favorable mood, as productivity peaks, any obligation becomes more enjoyable, and whistling or singing accompanies your work...

Divergence System Offers New Approach to Anterior Cervical Fusion

October 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the DIVERGENCE Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the...

Why Might the Medical Device Industry Lose $34 Billion?

October 20, 2014 11:05 am | by A.T. Kearney | News | Comments

The medical device industry has enjoyed stability, strong growth, healthy margins and above...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: Labs Acting Like IVD Manufacturers

October 17, 2014 4:38 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago, FDA released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-...

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Students Sharpen Research Skills with the FDA

October 17, 2014 3:49 pm | by Nysia George, Ph.D., Intern Program Coordinator, and Tom Powers, Communication Officer; National Center for Toxicological Research | Blogs | Comments

Biology. Chemistry. Bioinformatics. Toxicology. Practical, hands-on laboratory work is important for all college students who want to become scientists — but, for many of them, such experiences are out of reach. That’s one of the reasons why every...

CE Mark for Boston Scientific’s Full-Body MRI Safe Pacemaker

October 17, 2014 9:14 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for the ACCOLADE pacemaker family. When implanted with the company's INGEVITY leads, ACCOLADE pacemakers are the first to enable patients to receive full-body MRI scans in both 1.5...

Congress Needs to Give Green Light to Health IT Innovation

October 16, 2014 10:02 am | by David LeDuc, Sr. Director of Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare systems around the world are being challenged by aging populations, chronic illness and revolutionary—but expensive—treatments. Appropriate solutions are often not available to patients in need, while medical providers, academics...

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FDA Approved Leads Safe for Full-Body MRI Scans

October 15, 2014 9:46 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its CapSureFix Novus MRI SureScan 5076 Lead for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The lead is approved for MRI scans positioned on any region of the body when...

FDA Approved Software Solution Offers Efficient Monitoring of Lung Cancer Treatment

October 14, 2014 3:15 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Columbia University’s imaging software that facilitates 3D lung tumor segmentation, licensed to Varian Medical Systems, has been incorporated into the Smart Segmentation module of Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning system and has received FDA...

FDA Seeks to Address Cybersecurity Challenges in Medical Devices

October 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Suzanne B. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., Director of Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Countermeasures, CDRH | Blogs | Comments

Cyber vulnerabilities – bugs or loopholes in software codes or other unintentional access points – are a real and constant threat to our networked laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. The Heartbleed virus and security breaches at major retailers...

For Medical Device Industry, Fewer Recalls but Further Complexity

October 14, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Rozembajgier, Stericycle | Blogs | Comments

Product recalls happen daily across industries and geographies. While each recall event presents its own challenges, when a medical device is recalled the process involved in alerting consumers and retrieving product is quite complex. Recalls...

Gaming Through Clinical Trials

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a news piece out of Carnegie Mellon University where researchers supported the use of “video game” style trials of life science hypotheses to prevent the instance of error and fraud. Massive online laboratories would be established...

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3D-Printed Cardiovascular Model Listed as a Class 1 Medical Device

October 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Materialise NV | News | Comments

Materialise NV has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the Company addressed the need for models that can assist with...

First Drug-Coated Angioplasty Balloon Catheter Approved by FDA

October 13, 2014 9:06 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Lutonix 035 Drug Coated Balloon Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty Catheter. This is the first drug-coated balloon used to re-open arteries in the thigh and knee when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease...

5 Key Lessons to Successfully Prepare and Publish Data to the FDA’s GUDID

October 13, 2014 8:30 am | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Blogs | Comments

While the deadline for medical device companies to submit Class III product data to the FDA's Production Global UDI Database (GUDID) passed on September 24, 2014, the remaining 90 percent of all medical device implantables, as well as products...

IEEE Technology Time Machine Takes on the Future of Health

October 9, 2014 4:06 pm | by Bruce Wheeler, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is driving a seemingly exponential growth of health-monitoring devices, many aimed at consumers with accuracy and reliability that falls far short of what is needed in the highly regulated healthcare market. Innovators need to be...

FDA’s Program Alignment Addresses New Regulatory Challenges

October 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration | Blogs | Comments

Over the last year, a group of senior FDA leaders, under my direction, were tasked to develop plans to modify FDA’s functions and processes in order to address new regulatory challenges. Among these challenges are: the increasing breadth and...

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FDA Clearance: Are Your Mobile Applications Being Used for Diagnosis Without It?

October 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Pierre Lemire, President and CTO, Calgary Scientific | Blogs | Comments

On August 1st, the FDA released new rules that exempts many medical applications created for mobile devices from its regulatory scope. In general, the new rules are targeted at consumer applications and devices that the guidelines say are...

Unique Device Identifier Compliance Solution

October 8, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | QAD | Product Releases | Comments

QAD Inc. announced today it has developed a solution for medical device manufacturers to help meet the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) rules as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA issued a rule to establish a system...

New MedTech Innovations to Face Significant Reimbursement Challenges

October 7, 2014 9:31 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

A new study by the Analysis Group shows that private insurers are rapidly adopting new provider payment models – including pay-for-performance and financial risk-sharing arrangements – and tightening coverage evidence requirements for new...

Ramifications of UDI Requirements

October 7, 2014 8:30 am | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

The implications of product recall are well understood, and they serve as an operational driver for a change of approach. But there are regulatory maneuvers afoot too. The phased introduction of Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements...

FDA Invents: How Technology Transfer Gets FDA Inventions from Lab to Marketplace

October 6, 2014 2:18 pm | by Alice Welch, Ph.D, Director — Technology Transfer Program, FDA | Blogs | Comments

If you think the term “government invention” is an oxymoron — well, think again. You may be surprised to learn that many of the breakthrough technologies that shape our lives today are the brainchildren of government researchers — including those...

Congress Tackles LDT Regulation: User Fees and FDA Resources

October 6, 2014 8:50 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, FDA finally released its two draft guidances on the regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT): Framework for Regulatory Oversight of LDTs and FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for LDTs. With the release of these...

Increase Efficiency by Combining Bioburden and Tests of Sterility

October 6, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Shepherd, Sr. Study Director, Nelson Laboratories | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to radiation sterilization validation, there is a perception that the bioburden and sterility testing need to be conducted under separate submissions, with results from both then used to compile a statement report by the medical device...

Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System

October 2, 2014 2:34 pm | by PresseBox | News | Comments

CFI Medical, a leading manufacturer of innovative radiation protection products, announced CE (Conformité Européenne) approval for the Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System Floor Unit today, paving the way for its widespread use...

New Data Dashboard Tool Shares FDA’s Inspection, Compliance, and Recall Data

October 2, 2014 2:02 pm | by Douglas Stearn, Director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, FDA | Blogs | Comments

As part of our commitment to transparency FDA is pleased to announce that we have released a new online tool to provide insight into our compliance, inspection, and recall activities. This new dynamic tool represents a departure from the...

The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

October 1, 2014 10:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. The final guidance, titled...

CE Mark for LoneStar Heart’s Hydrogel Implant for the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure

October 1, 2014 10:25 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LoneStar Heart, Inc. has announced that it received the CE Mark for its Algisyl-LVR hydrogel implant, the company's lead product for the treatment of advanced heart failure (HF). Classified in Europe and in the U.S. as a medical device, Algisyl-LVR...

FDA’s New Roadmap for Progress: Strategic Priorities 2014-2018

October 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates products that represent about 20 cents of every dollar American consumers spend on products. This includes the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, and vaccines, the safety of blood...

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