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Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:21:00 -0400

 



FDA Statement from Todd Simpson, FDA Chief Information Officer (CIO) on GAO Report Regarding FDA’s IT Security Program

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:21:00 -0400

Information security and the protection of industry and public health information are among the FDA’s highest priorities and we do not take lightly the recommendations provided by the GAO in its June 2016 report.



FDA approves first automated insulin delivery device for type 1 diabetes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:09:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system, the first FDA-approved device that is intended to automatically monitor glucose (sugar) and provide appropriate basal insulin doses in people 14 years of age and older with type 1 diabetes.



FDA approves expanded indications for Ilaris for three rare diseases

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved three new indications for Ilaris (canakinumab). The new indications are for rare and serious auto-inflammatory diseases in adult and pediatric patients:



FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:05:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) as a biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab) for multiple inflammatory diseases.



FDA launches competition to spur innovative technologies to help reduce opioid overdose deaths

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:01:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the 2016 Naloxone App Competition, a public contest focused on developing innovative technologies to combat the rising epidemic of opioid overdose.



FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:52:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) injection, the first drug approved to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Exondys 51 is specifically indicated for patients who have a confirmed mutation of the dystrophin gene amenable to exon 51 skipping, which affects about 13 percent of the population with DMD.



FDA permits marketing of balloon device to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of a device that uses a small balloon to treat persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition in which pressure, pain or clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear.



FDA protects kids from illegal sales of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:09:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, to minors. These actions come about a month after the FDA began enforcing new federal regulations making it illegal nationwide to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and other newly regulated tobacco products to anyone under age 18 in person and online, and requiring retailers to check photo ID of anyone under age 27, among other restrictions.



FDA approves VisuMax Femtosecond Laser to surgically treat nearsightedness

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser for the small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) procedure to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness in certain patients 22 years of age or older.



FDA provides $21.8 million to states for FSMA produce safety rule implementation

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:40:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the awarding of a total of $21.8 million to support 42 states to help implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule. The rule, which the FDA finalized in November 2015, establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.



FDA allows marketing of clot retrieval devices to reduce disability in stroke patients

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:41:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of two Trevo clot retrieval devices as an initial therapy for strokes due to blood clots (ischemic) to reduce paralysis, speech difficulties and other stroke disabilities. These devices should be used within six hours of symptom onset and only following treatment with a clot-dissolving drug (tissue plasminogen activator or t-PA), which needs to be given within three hours of symptom onset.



FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:06:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed.



FDA requires strong warnings for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products, and benzodiazepine labeling related to serious risks and death from combined use

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:27:00 -0400

FDA requires strong warnings for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products, and benzodiazepine labeling related to serious risks and death from combined use



FDA approves Erelzi, a biosimilar to Enbrel

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:10:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Erelzi, (etanercept-szzs) for multiple inflammatory diseases. Erelzi is a biosimilar to Enbrel (etanercept), which was originally licensed in 1998.



FDA advises testing for Zika virus in all donated blood and blood components in the US

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:28:00 -0400

As a further safety measure against the emerging Zika virus outbreak, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a revised guidance recommending universal testing of donated Whole Blood and blood components for Zika virus in the U.S. and its territories.



FDA Statement on Medical Device User Fee Agreement (MDUFA)

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The FDA and representatives from the medical device industry and laboratory community have reached an agreement in principle on proposed recommendations for the fourth reauthorization of a medical device user fee program. Under the new draft agreement, the FDA would be authorized to collect $999.5 million in user fees plus adjustments for inflation over five years starting in October 2017. This funding would provide critical resources to the FDA medical device review program. Details of the draft agreement will be published for public comment in the coming weeks, and the final recommendations are scheduled to be delivered to Congress in January 2017.



FDA allows marketing of first-of-kind computerized cognitive tests to help assess cognitive skills after a head injury

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:32:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of two new devices to assess a patient’s cognitive function immediately after a suspected brain injury or concussion. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and ImPACT Pediatric are the first medical devices permitted for marketing that are intended to assess cognitive function following a possible concussion. They are intended as part of the medical evaluation that doctors perform to assess signs and symptoms of a head injury.



FDA approves expanded indication for two transcatheter heart valves for patients at intermediate risk for death or complications associated with open-heart surgery

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:21:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved an expanded indication for the Sapien XT and Sapien 3 transcatheter heart valves for patients with aortic valve stenosis who are at intermediate risk for death or complications associated with open-heart surgery. These devices were previously approved only in patients at high or greater risk for death or complications during surgery.



FDA updates draft guidance on premarket safety notifications for dietary supplement industry

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:35:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers.



FDA issues draft updated recommendations on submitting a new 510(k) for device modifications

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:26:00 -0400

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued draft updated recommendations to help manufacturers determine when they are required to notify the FDA about modifications made to certain medical devices already on the market, including a separate guidance applicable to software devices.