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Company:Canon Medical System, USA, INC. Date of Enforcement Report 9/12/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Vertebral Motion Analyzer (VMA) Version 2.3.252. VMA software is a quantitative imaging software application intended to be used to process digital image files. Recall Number: Z-2964-2018 REASON It was found when an operator performs a radiography using the wireless flat panel detector...
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Company: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC Date of Enforcement Report: 8/29/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Liebel-Flarsheim Hydra Vision Urology X-Ray System (DR) Liebel-Flarsheim urology systems facilitate radiologic and/or fluoroscopic procedures requiring a beam of diagnostic quality radiation, primarily for urological applications such as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal invasive urology/ surgery. Recall Number: Z-2833-2018 REASON Software issue....
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Company: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC Date of Enforcement Report 8/29/2018 Class II: PRODUCT Liebel-Flarsheim Direct Digital Imaging System (DDIS) Liebel-Flarsheim urology systems facilitate radiologic and/or fluoroscopic procedures requiring a beam of diagnostic quality radiation, primarily for urological applications such as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal invasive urology/ surgery.uch as functional x-ray diagnostics, endourology and minimal...
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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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Pharmaceutical Laboratories and Consultants, Inc. Product: testing laboratory 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...
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Company: McKesson Israel Ltd.. Date of Enforcement Report 9/12/2018 Class II: PRODUCT McKesson Cardiology Hemo, Release SW version 13.0. Used for physiological monitoring, image and data processing. McKesson Cardiology Hemo is intended for complete physiological/hemodynamic monitoring, clinical data acquisition, medical image and data processing, and analytical assessment. McKesson Cardiology Hemo is also intended for patient/procedural...
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Yuki Gosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. Date:8/10/18 Failure to exercise sufficient controls over computerized systems to prevent unauthorized access or changes to data, and failure to have adequate controls to prevent omission of data. Your firm’s controls over your HPLC systems are inadequate. Some HPLC systems did not have audit trail capability or audit trails enabled....
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The latest communication from FDA regarding regulation of medical apps notes that mobile medical apps can greatly help patients be proactive and vigilant about their own healthcare. There has been increased demand for medical apps, and many of the apps depend on high levels of feedback between patients and clinicians. The FDA wants to regulate...
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Also states the new annual registration fees. Keep in mind, businesses with gross revenue under USD $100 million qualify for the reduced small business fees listed.
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What concerns FDA when conducting a benefit-risk assessment of medical devices?  The answer is a long list of variables that can vary by type of device, target population, and indications for use, but the clear focus is on patient safety and benefit. The FDA considers both the device benefit-risk assessment, as well as evidence and...
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FDA provides examples of cleared Mobile Medical Apps.
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Software-based medical devices tend to develop more quickly than typical hardware-based medical devices; so, in response, the FDA has turned to an agile regulatory model for software as a medical device (“SaMD”). The FDA describes the Software Precertification Program as a voluntary pathway, with tailored assessments of the safety and effectiveness of software technologies. Rather...
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Dip.io was cleared for clinical urinalysis. The device includes test strips and a color coded card that is readable by smartphone to provide a result for several conditions including infection.
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The latest communication from FDA regarding regulation of medical apps notes that mobile medical apps can greatly help patients be proactive and vigilant about their own healthcare.  There has been increased demand for medical apps, and many of the apps depend on high levels of feedback between patients and clinicians.  The FDA wants to regulate...
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Yuki Gosei Kogyo Co., Ltd. Date:7/17/18 Data Integrity Remediation: Your quality system does not adequately ensure the accuracy and integrity of data to support the safety, effectiveness, and quality of the drugs you manufacture. We strongly recommend that you retain a qualified consultant to assist in your remediation. In response to this letter, provide the...
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Company: Baxter (Claris Injectables Ltd.) Date: 7/5/18 Data Integrity Remediation: Your quality system does not adequately ensure the accuracy and integrity of data to support the safety, effectiveness, and quality of the drugs you manufacture. In response to this letter provide the following. A. A comprehensive investigation into the extent of the inaccuracies in data,...
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For information on FDA eSubmitter downloading and installation see the link. Let’s save the trees folks…
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FDA issued the draft guidance “Requests for Feedback and Meetings for Medical Device Submissions: The Q-Submission Program” June 7, 2018. Note that there are a variety of types of Q-submissions and they do not need to be tied to a specific planned 510(k) or other premarket submission. Also note that they are not meant to...
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FDA Issued a Proposed Order to Down-Classify Certain Radiological Medical Image Analyzers, which include computer-assisted detection devices for mammography breast cancer, ultrasound breast lesions, radiograph lung nodules, and radiograph dental caries detection devices, from class III to class II devices.  If finalized, this proposed order will reclassify computer-assisted detection devices for certain radiological applications from...
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FDA issued a draft guidance dated April 27, 2018 titled: “Multiple Function Device Products: Policy and Considerations.”  This guidance expands on when and how FDA intends to assess the impact of other functions that are not the subject of a premarket review on the safety and effectiveness of a device function subject to FDA review.  It...
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FDA issued a draft guidance for comment: Expansion of the Abbreviated 510(k) Program: Demonstrating Substantial Contains Nonbinding Recommendations Draft – Not for Implementation Equivalence through Performance Criteria. The outline shows a Section 17 for software information. The outline can be viewed here.
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The Global Unique Device Identification Database is a database administered by the FDA that will serve as a reference catalog for every device with an identifier. May 2018 will start implementation of the releasability logic and the review period. Public release of premarket submission and supplement numbers on AccessGUDID and OpenFDA will begin in June 2018.
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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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This content is only available to Premium level and Standards Navigator subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. SoftwareCPR has prepared a collection of production and process validation material suitable for training in Production and Quality Systems 820.70(i) Validation including Part 11.  Portions could be made into handouts or provided electronically.  Download the manual...
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You can search the app stores for SoftwareCPR® to download on an iPhone or Android. The app provides key FDA regulations and Software Guidances for quick reference and is organized by section. Impress your friends by accessing the exact text of FDA documents wherever you go. We plan to add additional documents over time.
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The FDA published the guidance document “Acceptance of Clinical Data to Support Medical Device Applications and Submissions Frequently Asked Questions.” The guidance document is in Q&A format, and provides clarifications and recommendations to help stakeholders ensure that studies conducted in the U.S. or foreign countries comply with the new rule and revised regulations. FDA Website
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The FDA published the guidance document “Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s.” This supersedes the original, issued on August 4, 2015. This revision provides for additional requirements to better ensure substantive content, not just administrative elements that are checked in the initial 15 day refuse to accept initial review. Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the immediately-in-effect (IIE) guidance document, “Unique Device Identification: Policy Regarding Compliance Dates for Class I and Unclassified Devices.” The guidance lists and explains several key elements of FDA’s enforcement discretion policy, including the Agency’s intention to not enforce standard date formatting, labeling, and GUDID data submission requirements for...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Federal Register notice with a proposed program for Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting. When finalized, this program would allow manufacturers to report certain malfunction medical device reports (MDRs) in a summary format on a quarterly basis instead of individually within 30 days. The proposed Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Federal Register notice with a proposed program for Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting. When finalized, this program would allow manufacturers to report certain malfunction medical device reports (MDRs) in a summary format on a quarterly basis instead of individually within 30 days. The proposed Voluntary Malfunction Summary Reporting...
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Today the FDA is announcing the availability of the updated final guidance, “Medical Device Accessories – Describing Accessories and Classification Pathways”. This guidance was updated and replaces the Jan 2017 version to include new mechanisms to request (1) a different classification for an existing accessory type (i.e., accessories already on the market), and (2) for...
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FDA issued its list of planned Medical Device Guidance development for 2018. This list has 2 parts: priority development referred to as the A-List and other development referred to as B-list.. Note that FDA does not commit to accomplishing all items on either list; it is just stating its current intention. The A-List includes a...
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On Dec. 14, 2017, the FDA released a Draft guidance dated Dec. 15, 2017 “The Least Burdensome Provisions: Concept and Principles.” This guidance discusses FDA’s intent and approach to applying Least Burdensome Principles to the total product lifecycle for medical devices based on requirements in FDAMA (Public Law 105-115), the FDA Safety and Innovation Act...
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On Dec. 8, 2017, the FDA released the draft guidance, “Clinical and Patient Decision Support Software.” This guidance addresses software for decision support in two categories: one used by Healthcare Professionals, the other used personally by patients and non-health professionals. It provides FDA interpretation of which types of Decision Support Software do not meet the...
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On Dec. 8, 2017, the FDA released the final guidance, “Software as a Medical Device (SAMD): Clinical Evaluation.” The October 14, 2016, draft is now obsolete. This guidance is actually the use of an International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) document completed in June of 2017, so this represents broad international consensus. This guidance discusses...
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On Dec. 8, 2017, the FDA released draft guidance, “Changes to Existing Medical Software Policies Resulting from Section 3060 of the 21st Century Cures Act.” This guidance discusses software functions in relation to the modified device definition in the 21st Century Cures Act and the criteria for interpreting if and how medical software will or...
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On Dec. 8, 2017 FDA released a Draft guidance “Changes to Existing Medical Software Policies Resulting from Section 3060 of the 21st Century Cures Act”. This guidance dsicusses software functions in relation to the modified device definition in the 21st Century Cures Act and the criteria for interpreting if and how medical software will or...
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On Dec. 8, 2017 FDA released a Draft guidance “Clinical and Patient Decision Support Software”. This guidance addresses software for decision support in two categories: one used by Healthcare Professionals, the other used personally by patients and non-health professionals. It provides FDA interpretation of which types of Decision Support Software do not meet the definition...
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On December 7, 2017, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., released the statement, “Advancing new digital health policies to encourage innovation, bring efficiency and modernization to regulation.” This statement announces the release of several new draft and final guidances as part of the FDA’s Health Innovation Action Plan published previously. The new guidances are posted separately...
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Earlier this year FDA released the DH Action Plan, initiating several new guidances, policy changes, and its pre-certification program. Note: Information on the pre-certification program progress during 2017 and release of new guidance (December 2017) is posted separately.
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An excerpt of the Medical Device Innovations Section of the US Law PLAW-114Publ255 referred to as the “21st Century Cures Act” and published in December of 2016 is at the link provided. There are many important elements of this law, including how accessories are classified and what software functions are not outside the definition of...
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The FDA maintains a dedicated webpage to provide ongoing information on FDA’s digital health initiative.
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Want a free Android app as a quick reference to the regulations? Paul Felten of SoftwareCPR has developed a new app just for that purpose. You can find it by searching for “SoftwareCPR” in the Google Play store!  Google Play – SoftwareCPR app
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The FDA issued its first approval of a Digital Medicine, ABILIFY MYCITE®, a new innovative treatment option in mental health. Otsuka, with the help of Proteus Inc., developed a sensor as part of the pill that communicates externally to provide confirmation the pill was ingested, along with details about it. This is for serious mental...
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FDA regulation of Medical Device Data Systems has changed significantly over the years. This, together with the blurred line between MDDS and general health information technology, interfaces between MDDS and regulated medical devices, the actual criteria for deciding if something is classified as a Medical Device Data System, and different regulatory requirements outside the US...
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