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Master 510(k), IDE, and PMA Submissions at AdvaMed's Workshops

Within driving distance to D.C.? There's still time to enjoy a few days there next week and simultaneously hone your submissions skills. The FDA, R&Q, and other talented industry experts courtesy of AdvaMed are offering three workshops dedicated to teaching you the guidelines for successful 510(k), IDE, and PMA submissions. Engage in interactive workshops and hear from industry professionals - such as R&Q's Director of Regulatory of Affairs Nancy Morrison and Senior Principal Advisor Marilyn Waxberg. The AdvaMed events are some of the best in the business, and R&Q is proud to be included as part of the faculty. Read on for details! 

FDA Approved: A Human Factors and Usability Case Study

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FDA Approved: Creating and Implementing a Compliant Usability Engineering Process



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PMA supplement for usability updates not approved.

A medical device manufacturer made an update to the design of their Class III device to improve usability and promote proper care and maintenance, and they submitted a PMA supplement to the FDA for the changes. The PMA supplement included a human factors test report from a usability study intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of the changes. The company received a letter from the FDA expressing concern with the level of evidence provided by their human factors testing. The FDA noted that the recent usability study had focused on ease of handling rather than comprehensive safe and effective use, engaged company employees as study participants rather than unaffiliated representative users, and failed to demonstrate that risks related to the most critical aspects of device use had been appropriately addressed in the design and evaluated in testing. The FDA requested that the client conduct another human factors study that addressed these concerns, validating safe and effective use of the device by intended users.

Pre-Submission Program – Final Guidance

On February 18, the FDA issued the final guidance document for the Pre-Submission Program and Meetings with FDA Staff. The Pre-Submission process is a way for industry to get feedback from the FDA prior to the submission of a premarket application (PMA, 510(k), HDE, IDE, de novo, etc.). The sponsor may submit a pre-submission application to the FDA requesting answers to various questions about the marketing application or clinical trial design of their device. The sponsor may request a written response, teleconference, or meeting. The FDA has committed respond to the sponsor within 75 to 90 days.

Pediatric Subpopulations – Final Rule

On Friday, January 10, 2014 the FDA issued a final rule, which amends the premarket approval (PMA) regulations. The final rule requires “submission of information on pediatric subpopulations that suffer from the disease or condition that a device is intended to treat”. 1 The final rule also defines “pediatric patients” and “pediatric subpopulations”. Per the final rule, “pediatric patients” is defined as a patient who is 21 years old or younger at the time of treatment or diagnosis. “Pediatric subpopulation” means on for the following populations: neonate, infants, children, or adolescents.

First Artificial Pancreas receives FDA Approval

Upon my nightly adventures of surfing the World Wide Web I came across this article on the Popular Science website announcing the FDA’s approval of the Medtronic MiniMed 530G Insulin pump, praisingly dubbed the first artificial pancreas. The Medtronic device was officially approved by the FDA on September 26, 2013 through the Premarket Approval (PMA) pathway. According to the FDA Approval Letter the MiniMed 530G System is intended for continuous delivery of basal Insulin (at user selectable rates) and administration of Insulin boluses (in user selectable amounts) for the management of Diabetes mellitus in persons, sixteen years of age and older, requiring Insulin as well as for the continuous monitoring and trending of glucose levels in the fluid under the skin. The MiniMed 530G System can be programmed to automatically suspend delivery of Insulin when the sensor glucose value falls below a predefined threshold value.

Acceptance and Filing Reviews for Premarket Approval Applications (PMAs)

In addition to the Refuse to Accept Policy for 510(k)s Guidance document I discussed in my previous post, the FDA also issued a guidance titled Acceptance and Filing Reviews for Premarket Approval Applications (PMAs) at the same time.

Deals and Steals

Thanksgiving night I was standing outside in the cold in a line that wrapped halfway around Target. My motivation for this spontaneous Black Friday door-buster shopping was peer pressure, but I was also excited to take advantage of the great prices. Even though I wasn't in the market for a new 50" HD TV for only $350, I still found good deals on some gloves and a new GPS. I took advantage of the deals and steals of the holidays. A good sale is just too hard to pass up.

Blockbuster is no more - A discussion on disruptive technology

Every time I go home to visit my parents, one thing that comes up more often than not, is the fact that our local Blockbuster closed. It’s been about two years now, and they still can’t get over it. Me? I’m happy to rent from a RedBox, or even better, kick my feet back on the coffee table and click the OnDemand button. Video rental stores have been completely overtaken by something much simpler and cheaper. THAT is what a disruptive technology is.

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