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Michael Causey
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) won’t enforce compliance with regulatory controls that apply to medical device data systems (MDDS) and medical image communications devices, recognizing...
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Devin Brent Ellis
Most of us, at one point or another, have been faced with making a decision to purchase a software application. Whether a simple application to manage your schedule or a more complex quality...
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Michael Causey
If someone out in there in the wild wonderful world of the web takes a potshot at your drug or device, the first thing to do is take a deep breath and think. Any crisis communications executive...
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Margaret A. Hamburg
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), attended every year by leading government health officials from its 194 member nations. Recently, I was...
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Janet Woodcock
In recent years, there have been important advances to ensure that therapies for serious conditions are approved and available to patients as soon as sufficient data can show that the therapies’...
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William Anderson
Not knowing the answer to the question posed in the title of this article has led many medical device manufacturers to undertake expensive and unnecessary retesting of their previously certified...
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Howard Sklamberg
To keep the food supply safe, have safe, effective, and high quality medical products, and decrease the harms of tobacco product use, we have to work with the rest of the world. As the Food and...
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Kelly Kuchinski
Editor’s note: A webinar on this topic will held on May 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Register here. Food and beverage manufacturers have seen a considerable number of changes...
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Have you sometimes wondered if that “wild caught” salmon actually came from an aqua farm? Or if the “U.S. catfish” in the display case might have been born and raised in Vietnam? Is that “red...
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Grant Ramaley
Congress has mandated that every two years the FDA will have inspected nearly every medical device manufacturer on planet Earth that sells to the United States. This isn’t happening. Some have the...
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Michael Causey
It’s March 2014, but you could forgive medical device company leaders if they’re still smarting a bit from a generally tough 2013. Several new studies indicate a low level of mergers and financing...
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Margaret A. Hamburg
We all know that just as every person is different, so too is every disease and every drug. And so we weren’t surprised by the results of a new study published in the Journal of the American...
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Michael Causey
You shouldn’t need Barney the giant purple dinosaur to remind you of the playground mantra “sharing is caring,” but maybe the medical device industry needs to do some quick Netflix streaming of...
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Mike Figliuolo
PowerPoint is the devil’s instrument, and when you use it, you risk becoming a musician in his demonic orchestra. All of us are required to give presentations in some form or fashion at various...
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Michael Causey
Those of us in and around Washington D.C. like to tell folks in the days leading up to a president’s State of the Union (SOTU) address that the speeches rarely matter and are generally forgotten...
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Michael Causey
Let’s start with what most everyone agrees on: The Unique Device Identification (UDI) program is a swell idea. It gets a little trickier after that. In extensive comments, the Advanced Medical...
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Dennis Payton
Some of the shortest descriptions in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) CFR 21 Part 820—“Quality System Regulation” are found in Section 820.30 and Section 820.40, totaling about a page of...
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Michael Causey
Given the fact that the FDA probably doesn’t know what it plans to do in 2014, predicting their actions is challenging, to put it mildly. With that slightly weasel-like caveat, it’s worth noting...
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Michael Causey
It’s a growing trend in these United States: paying extra for conveniences such as bypassing the riffraff in airport security lines, or whizzing past mere mortal motorists on pristine, pay-for...
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Michael Causey
A new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance, “Medical Device Development Tools—Draft Guidance for Industry, Tool Developers, and Food and Drug Administration Staff,” outlines a...