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Brian Pate
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing the establishment of a docket to solicit public comment on a proposed framework for regulating software applications disseminated by or on behalf of drug sponsors for use with one or more of their prescription drug products. Recognizing the opportunities for increased use of digital...
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FDA released a final guidance "Benefit-Risk Factors to Consider When Determining Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications 510(k) with Different Technological Characteristics" dated Sept. 25, 2018.  This guidance applies only to devices with similar intended use and if the different technological characteristics do not raise different questions of Safety and Effectiveness.  Read the full guidance at...
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FDA has posted their FY 2019 Proposed Guidance Development list with priorities. A link is provided below but here is the “A” list items: Final Guidance Topics Consideration of Uncertainty in Making Benefit-Risk Determinations in Medical Device Premarket Approvals, De Novo Classifications, and Humanitarian Device Exemptions Unique Device Identification: Policy Regarding Compliance Dates for Class...
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Pharmaceutical Laboratories and Consultants, Inc. Date:8/29/18 This warning letter summarizes significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals. See 21 CFR, parts 210 and 211. Because your methods, facilities, or controls for manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding do not conform to CGMP, your drug products are adulterated within the meaning of...
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Company:  Draeger Medical, Inc. Date of Enforcement Report:  6/27/2018 PRODUCT Apollo Anesthesia Machine; Cat. no. 8605310 Product Usage:  Indicated as a continuous flow anesthesia system. The Apollo may be used for manually assisted or automatic ventilation, delivery of gases and anesthetic vapor, and monitoring of oxygen and CO2 concentration, breathing pressure, respiratory volume, and anesthetic agent concentration and identification....
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Prepared a visual aide (one of many we use in our training courses) of key Medical Devices Standards and FDA guidance related to software.  Enjoy! SoftwareCPR Sw Stds Guidances
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"Based upon the company’s precertification level and the level of risk for the device, the product (or modifications to a product) may be able to go directly to market or undergo a streamlined submission review"
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Cybersecurity firm Sophos published an article on Medical Device cybersecurity and David Overton of SoftwareCPR® suggested we post this as it may be of interest. David pointed out these statements: A significant percentage of medical devices are not secure. Most medical device manufacturers do not take serious steps to secure their devices for two reasons:...
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This content is only available to Premium and higher subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. Created a job aide which compares the IEC 62304 and IEC 82304 elements for requirements. This is only intended to be used as a starting point and requires interpretation based on knowledge of each standard and the type of...
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This content is only available to Premium and higher subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. Use this as a starting point to gather information on the software development environment (and related information) as required in FDA's Guidance for Software Information to be included in open market submissions. It is only intended as a starting...
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This content is only available to Premium and higher subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. A sample checklist for releasing or updating software is at the link provided. GoLiveiChecklistTrainingExample111115
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Brian Pate of SoftwareCPR® writes: In May 2014, FDA offered further guidance to manufacturers regarding premarket submission information identifying cyber-security risks and hazards associated with their medical devices, and the responsibility for engineering appropriate risk controls to address patient safety and assure proper device performance. FDA encouraged manufacturers to report any cyber-security incidents that may...
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Obviously, unit tests have their greatest value at the time of the development of the unit itself. Well-designed unit tests provide evidence that the unit performs its intended function, that the software design executes as intended, and allows the developer (or tester) to test the unit with inputs and states that may be difficult to...
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IEC/TR 62348 is a technical report that assesses “the impact of the most significant changes in Amendment 1 to IEC 60601-1:2005 and mapping of the clauses of IEC 60601-1:2005 to the previous edition.”  The report is intended to be a tool for manufacturers to understand the impact of Amendment 1:2012 changes to 60601-1 from the...
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This content is only available to Premium and higher subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. Prepared this example Device Risk Management SOP for the purpose of risk analysis training where the pros and cons could be further discussed.  This example is modeled on the approach required by ISO 14971 and expands on it with...
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We hope you find this Regulatory Roadmap on HIPAA Privacy and Security useful.
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Although the HIPAA Privacy Rule directly effects “Covered Entities” medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers may be involved in inadvertent release of private patient information and must deal with requirements from their customers that are Covered Entities. It was reported that: Eli Lilly, already has settled with eight states and the Federal Trade Commission for $160,000...
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