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US FDA has about three months' worth of medical device carryover user-fee funds to burn if the partial federal government shutdown continues, although the agency is still finalizing its shutdown balance sheet, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says.
It was another record year for novel device approvals by US FDA, driven by the big uptick in de novo classifications for low-to-moderate-risk devices in 2018. Meanwhile, original PMA approvals dropped significantly. An analysis and infographic on FDA device approval trends in 2018.
On this week's podcast, Ashley Yeo talks about the "Long Term Plan" published by the UK's National Health Service this week, and the implications of Brexit.
A snapshot of global medical device and diagnostics approvals recorded during the past week in Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker. Terumo and Cook each nabbed US FDA approvals for endovascular devices.
Scott Gottlieb's FDA continues to push out policy reforms and experiments at a rapid pace, with special focus on digital and AI technologies. In parallel, US Medicare officials are more publicly signaling plans to roll out policies for a quicker path to reimbursement for new devices. However, public scrutiny of whether device regulations properly protect patient safety is growing, and it could have an impact.
Global harmonization, regulatory innovation, rising safety scrutiny, medtech reimbursement hopes and global trade threats were key underlying concepts for the medtech regulatory and policy environment in 2018. Here's a spotlight on those issues and the top 30 articles from last year.