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Shawn M. Schmitt

Executive Editor

Miami, FL
Executive Editor Shawn M. Schmitt lives and works in Miami. For more than two decades he has written and edited for various high-profile media outlets, including The New Republic and London's Independent Television News (ITN). Since 2005 he has reported on medical device quality control, compliance and post-market issues. A spirited, creative journalist, Shawn reported from the White House Rose Garden for Counseling Today, met with medical device experts in Costa Rica for Medtech Insight, traveled the US to get the scoop on Medicare funding for DecisionHealth, and wrote about the proliferation of nuclear weapons for National Journal's Global Security Newswire. Shawn holds a Master of Arts in Communication: Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. (2004), and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh (1997).

Latest From Shawn M. Schmitt

Compliance Corner: On-Site Facility Inspections Are Back. Is Your Firm Adequately Staffed?

King & Spalding quality expert Eric Henry urges device makers to be inspection-ready by making sure the right people are in the right roles.

Compliance Corner Enforcement

FDA-Backed Tumor Mutation Database Gives Diagnostics Developers Another Premarket Submission Tool

The US FDA on 7 October recognized a portion of the Oncology Knowledge Base, or OncoKB, which test makers can use as they work to complete premarket submissions. It’s the first database of somatic variants in cancer to be listed in the agency’s Public Human Genetic Variant Databases.

Diagnostics In Vitro Diagnostics

DeRoyal Procedure Packs Yanked Over Recalled Fluid Warming System

Thousands of procedure packs made by DeRoyal Industries Inc. are being recalled because they include a NORMOFLO Irrigation Warming Set that was the subject of a recent high-risk class I recall by manufacturer Smiths Medical because the device may leach aluminum.

Recalls Safety

Speaking Of Medtech, Ep. 1 – Remote Inspections And Device Makers

In the inaugural episode of our new deep-dive podcast Speaking Of Medtech, former US FDA device center compliance chief Steve Silverman and Medtech Insight executive editor Shawn M. Schmitt discuss remote facility inspections and question whether they’re the wave of the future.

Enforcement FDA

Medtronic Expands 2 High-Risk Class I Recalls Of MiniMed Infusion Pumps, Remote Controllers

Medtronic on 5 October widened its 2019 recall of MiniMed pump models 630G and 670G because there’s a chance they can over- or under-dose patients. It also expanded an unrelated 2018 recall of remote controllers used with specific MiniMed pumps due to cybersecurity concerns.

Recalls Safety

US Regulatory Roundup, September 2021: Product Safety, Pediatric Devices, EUAs Revoked, And More

With news of high-risk medical device recalls and troubles with COVID-19 diagnostics, product safety was of paramount concern to Medtech Insight readers in September. Also topping the most-read list were articles focused on pediatric patients, the revocation of emergency use authorizations for products to treat and diagnose COVID-19, and more.

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