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A reagent in a batch of COVID-19 tests shipped by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to state laboratories “wasn’t performing consistently,” a top CDC official says, so the agency is reformulating it – slowing down the labs’ ability to use the diagnostic, which yielded inconsistent results when quality-tested. But waiting in the wings are commercial coronavirus test kits being developed by Qiagen and Cepheid; both firms say they’ll submit the kits to the FDA for emergency-use approval.
Roughly 18.5% of patients who received reinterventions to fix mesh implants for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair experienced complications they will likely endure for the rest of their lives, and they also face a 2.5% higher rate of further surgeries than non-mesh patients, says a recent 54,194-woman study detailed in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study authors lay out a case that the US FDA should have forced removal of mesh from the market sooner.
FDA’s Device Center Could Raid $2.8M From Staff Outreach, Training Kitty In 2021 To Fund Other CDRH Needs
While the Trump administration’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget for the US FDA would give the agency’s device center a 5.3% increase for medtech product approvals and safety, the center’s lofty plans to become the world’s premier regulator of new AI-driven gadgets, next-gen diagnostics and other novel devices means it will have to tap about $2.8m dollars usually set aside for staff training and outreach to help meet its ambitious goals.
Novacyt, Co-Diagnostics, Other Test Firms Seek Fast-Track EUA Approval From FDA For Coronavirus Dx's
Diagnostics companies around the world – including Novacyt, Roche, Co-Diagnostics and Mammoth Biosciences – are developing and launching tests to fight the coronavirus in China and other countries as quickly as possible, and some are seeking Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval from the FDA so their assays can be used on US patients.
US Insurers, Hospitals, Medtech Industry Say Transparency Rule Touted In President’s Speech Is Anticompetitive
US President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address on 4 February touted his 2019 Price Transparency executive order calling on federal agencies to require private hospitals and insurers to publicly reveal the costs of hundreds of their device-related procedures and lab tests – as well as insurers’ negotiated rates for them – so patients can shop for their own health care. But industry maintains the resulting rules out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are “anticompetitive,” and a coalition of hospital groups is suing the Department of Health and Human Services to stop their implementation.
The US agency on 4 February issued its first Emergency Use Authorization of a 2019-novel coronavirus test by enabling emergency use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. The move will allow use of the test at any CDC-qualified lab across the US.