The FDA today laid out plans for improving post-market medical device oversight, including a significant investment in its new National Evaluation System for health Technology.
The FDA yesterday released a notice explaining why it believes a push for modernizing predicate devices used in equivalence testing within the 510(k) clearance pathway will improve overall safety and effectiveness.
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The FDA today outlined its plans for finalizing guidance on its Breakthrough Device Program as well as plans for a new Safer Technologies Program (STeP) intended to encourage device tech that significantly improves safety as compared to current devices on the market.
The FDA said last week that its preliminary review of long-term follow-up data found a “potentially concerning signal” of increased long-term mortality in people with peripheral artery disease who were treated with paclitaxel-coated devices compared to those treated with bare devices.
The FDA said today it has begun more closely scrutinizing the roles of certain materials associated with harm to patients who have breast implants, nitinol-containing devices, metal-on-metal hip implants and devices made from animal-derived substances.
A panel of experts convened by the FDA yesterday said that there’s not enough data to pull textured breast implants from the market over concerns that they may be linked to a type of immune system cancer, according to an AP News report.