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Harvard Researchers Take FDA’s Device Approvals to Task

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
Harvard Researchers Take FDA’s Device Approvals to Task

Using documents that recently came to light, Harvard researchers have traced a troubling approval process within the Food and Drug Administration that allows medical devices to be sold with little oversight. Essentially the supplemental application resembles the agency’s 510(k) process that allows medical devices to be marketed without clinical trials. The paper is reported in
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FDA Approves New American Medical System Transvaginal Mesh Sling

Dec 9th, 2013 | By
FDA Approves New American Medical System Transvaginal Mesh Sling

American Medical Systems (AMS) has just received FDA clearance to market a new incontinence sling, according to a press release that appears in the Wall Street Journal. The RetroArc Retropubic Sling System received the Food the Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance, a standard that does not require any clinical trials but relies on naming a similar 
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FDA Steps Up Medical Device Monitoring – It’s About Time

Sep 24th, 2013 | By
FDA Steps Up Medical Device Monitoring – It’s About Time

Could the entire mesh mesh have been averted much sooner before perhaps one million women were implanted with controversial transvaginal mesh? Yes, if the U.S. tracked medical devices the way it’s done elsewhere. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally taking a step in that direction. The FDA has just announced a final rule
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Happy Anniversary Food and Drug Administration – Now What?

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By
Happy Anniversary Food and Drug Administration – Now What?

July 2, 2013 ~ Many of you may be aware that the entire pursuit of lawsuits against mesh manufacturers began two years ago this month with the issuance of a safety warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerning transvaginal mesh. FDA Safety Communication: UPDATE on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical
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FDA Considers Revising 510(k), Industry Balks

Jun 13th, 2013 | By
FDA Considers Revising 510(k), Industry Balks

June 13, 2013~ “External stakeholders.” That is what the FDA calls medical device manufacturers who also  have a decisive role in shaping the regulations they fall under. Thursday, June 13, the FDA met with stakeholders to discuss modifying the 510(k) approval process. (here) About 90 percent of the 4,000 medical devices approved by the FDA
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FDA Asks Consumers to Report Product Failures

Jun 10th, 2013 | By
FDA Asks Consumers to Report Product Failures

June 10, 2013 ~ New and Improved? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is celebrating 20 years of the MedWatch program by providing consumers with a new form that should encourage consumers and medical professionals to report adverse events, complications and bad outcomes with drugs and medical devices, cosmetics, medical equipment, food or supplements.
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FDA Workshop on Health of Women

Apr 9th, 2013 | By

April 9, 2013 ~ According to a new page on the FDA’s website (here), a public workshop will be held on HoW to Improve the Health of Women (HoW).  The purpose is to delve into how some medical devices work differently in women than men. It’s been noted that some hip implants have an early
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FDA: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Surgical Mesh Reports up 36 Percent

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
FDA: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) Surgical Mesh Reports up 36 Percent

March 29, 2013 ~ In September 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a panel of experts to try and get a handle on the concerning number of complications the agency was receiving about surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP)  and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  The experts  suggested that because of the
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FDA Helps Industry Push Medical Device Innovation

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
FDA Helps Industry Push Medical Device Innovation

December 4, 2012 ~ The FDA will collaborate with the medical device industry it regulates in a public-private collaboration, all to speed up the approval of new devices. The newly formed nonprofit group,  Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), has a goal of speeding up and simplifying the design and testing of medical devices, reports CBS
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The FDA’s Internal Employee Struggles

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
The FDA’s Internal Employee Struggles

November 26, 2012 ~ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a large public agency that regulates consumer products that make up about $1 trillion in annual spending or 25 cents of every dollar spent on food, cosmetics, drugs, medical devices and tobacco products. The Partnership for Public Service supported by the Pew Charitable
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We hope you find this a helpful resource. National News Editor, Jane Akre, began MDND with the hope of providing the latest news, information and perspective from the regulatory, industry and patient point of view, something that goes under-reported in much of the coverage of medical devices. The public is just now becoming aware that many devices do not undergo the same scrutiny as prescription drugs and are instead grandfathered in under an FDA loophole that has gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. As a result, patients become the post-market clinical trial subjects, and many suffer devastating and permanent injuries.