In recent years competition authorities in a number of EU Member States have stepped up in their pursuit against companies active in the Life Sciences sector for excessive pricing. Last week, the European Commission issued a press release signalling that it will not be left behind on the action when it launched a probe into
On 29 March 2017, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a new guidance (hereafter “Guidance“) concerning the Own Brand Labelling of medical devices in the United Kingdom. The Guidance, which is expected to have substantial consequences for the current arrangements between Own Brand Labellers (OBL) and “Original Equipment Manufacturers” (OEM), is
The French sunshine regulations require industry to report certain agreements along with the fees and other benefits provided to various stakeholders in the healthcare sector. Sunshine regulations were amended in January 2016 to increase transparency. Some specifics of these changes were partly established by an implementing decree dated 28 December 2016. Through the publication of
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released statitistics regarding its enforcement actvities for FY 2016. Of note, the number of warning letters issued by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the FDA center that governs medical devices, reached an 8 year low, down 50% from FY 2015.
On 22 February 2017, the Council of the European Union issued the final versions of the draft texts of the European Union (“EU”) Medical Device Regulations (“MDR”) and the In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (“IVDR”). The finalised versions of the draft texts are available here and here. Final Adoption of the texts anticipated in March The
On 27 December 2016, the Belgian Law of 18 December 2016 concerning various health-related matters (“the Sunshine Act “) was adopted by the Belgian Ministry for Public Health. The Sunshine Act introduces several substantial changes to the current Belgian legal and regulatory framework for medicinal products and medical devices. Background The Sunshine Act imposes a
On February 7, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delayed implementation of its January 9, 2017, final rule addressing the regulation of tobacco products as drugs, devices, or combination products. That rule, which also amended the intended use regulations for drugs and devices, was to go into effect today, February 8, 2017; however, implementation
On 13 December 2016, the French Decree 2016-1716 implementing the French Law 2016-41 modernising the French healthcare system (“French Law 2016-41”) was adopted. This Decree provides important information concerning the obligation for manufacturers of implantable medical devices and manufacturers of Class III medical devices to submit a summary of product characteristics to the French Agency
Effective January 6, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified surgical instrumentation for use with urogynecologic surgical mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair from class I (general controls) devices to class II (special controls) devices. Surgical mesh—and the instrumentation for its administration—have been used for the transvaginal repair of POP since the
On 14 November 2016, the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (“ANSM”) issued the English version of an information bulletin and a Q&A document concerning the consequences of de-notification or termination of notified bodies’ (“NB”) activities, dated 24 October 2016. Background The ANSM notes that in recent months, several notified bodies have
On 8 November 2016, the European Commission published the opinion of the European Medicines Agency (EMA)’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concerning the principal mode of action of proanthocyanidins present in cranberry extracts and included in products intended to be used by their manufacturers for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections.
On September 21, 2016, FDA issued a draft guidance titled “Coordinated Development of Antimicrobial Drugs and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Devices – Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” This draft guidance describes FDA’s suggested steps for seeking approval of an antimicrobial drug and any related antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) devices in order
In a Federal Register notice published September 1, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a public hearing for November 9-10, 2016 on issues related to industry communications about unapproved uses of approved drugs, biological products and approved, cleared and exempt medical devices. FDA seeks input from a broad array of stakeholders, including
On 15 July 2016, the European Commission issued a revised version of MEDDEV 2.1/6 entitled “Guidelines on the qualification and classification of stand alone software used in healthcare within the regulatory framework of medical devices“. This new document is intended to replace the original version of MEDDEV 2.1/6 which was issued in January 2012. The
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published new guidance permitting re-manufacturing of single-use devices (SUD) under certain conditions.
Digital health technologies, including healthcare apps, have the potential to offer alternative healthcare pathways and, if utilised correctly, have the power to transform healthcare. But do healthcare apps risk being defeated by a lack of patient engagement?
On 29 June 2016, the European Commission issued a much-awaited new version of the MEDDEV 2.7/1 entitled “Clinical Evaluation: A Guide for Manufacturers and Notified Bodies under Directive 93/42/EEC and 90/385/EEC“. This revision substantially amplifies the previous version of the MEDDEV which was published in September 2009. It also provides detailed guidance on the steps
Regulation No. 536/2014 repealed Directive 2001/20/EC of 4 April 2001 on the approximation of the laws, regulations, and administrative provisions of the member states relating to the implementation of good clinical practice in the conduct of clinical trials on medicinal products for human use. The main purpose of the Regulation is to harmonize and simplify
As they grow in popularity and functionality, mobile devices increasingly connect people virtually with the places and institutions they would otherwise visit in person. These include malls, banks, and even their own workplace. More and more, mobile devices are also connecting people with one of the places they least want to go: doctor’s offices.
Late on 25 May 2016, the Council of the European Union issued a press release to announce that the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council had reached a political agreement concerning the text of the proposed Regulation on medical devices and the proposed Regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices. While this step
On May 17, 2016, FDA published a Draft Guidance for Industry regarding use of electronic health records (EHRs) in clinical trials, building on previously issued guidance on computerized systems and electronic source data used in clinical investigations. As summarized below, this Draft Guidance provides a number of important recommendations to study sponsors who rely on electronic data that are generated and maintained by healthcare facilities in the routine care of patients.
Standard EN ISO 15223-1:2012 (“The New Standard”) was revised as a part of the new European standard on symbols.
The U.S. Treasury Department issued temporary regulations last week – effective Friday, April 8 – that change the landscape for U.S. companies interested in “inverting,” as we reported here. Corporate inversion is the general term for a number of transactions, including a merger that has the effect of relocating a U.S. corporation’s legal domicile to a country with a lower tax rate.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on March 17, 2016, their co-development of a draft clinical trial protocol template for use by NIH-funded investigators. The template is meant for use in writing phase 2 or 3 clinical trial protocols where Investigational New Drug application (IND) or Investigational Device