Guest Columns

  1. 4 (More) Critical Considerations For Drug Delivery Device Development
    8/12/2019

    Today, injection devices are a staple among biologic and other pharmaceutical products. With the exception of oncology products, the majority of biologic products today are launched as some form of combination product, which are stringently regulated by the FDA through 21 CFR Part 4. This article looks at important manufacturing, packaging, and other factors that developers of combination products must consider and why they need to be considered early in the device development program.

  2. MDSAP — History and Advantages
    8/12/2019

    The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) has worked out its kinks and is poised for exponential growth, but it may be a while before the initiative makes headway in the EU and China.

  3. U.S. Bone Repair Devices: Trochanteric Grip Market Stalls, Cerclage Cables Take Off
    8/7/2019

    Approximately 75,000 procedures were completed in 2018 using cerclage cables and trochanteric grips, devices used in the repair of broken or surgically altered bones. This procedure volume is increasing every year.

  4. Standard Of Care And The Internet Of Medical Things
    8/6/2019

    During the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in March, researchers from Stanford University, Apple Inc., and other academic centers unveiled the Apple Heart Study, a first-of-its-kind large-scale study involving more than 400,000 members of the general population (iPhone and Apple Watch owners). The goal of the study was to identify users with a potentially lethal irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AF).

  5. 4 Important Things To Consider Before Developing A Drug Delivery Device
    8/6/2019

    This is Part 1 of a two-part article discussing important areas to consider when developing devices for combination products — and why they need to be addressed early in development.

  6. LATAM Medtech Leaders Podcast Summary Series: Part 1
    8/5/2019

    This article is the first in a series drawing on highlights from the LATAM Medtech Leaders podcast, with guests imparting advice on topics like commercialization strategy in Latin American markets, pricing, and more.

  7. What Is the Current State Of BREXIT, And What Happens Next?
    8/1/2019

    The United Kingdom’s plan to leave the European Union now has PM Boris Johnson at the helm and (seemingly) a hard deadline of Oct. 31, 2019. Zaid Al-Nassir's breakdown for medtech leaders has been updated to include events taking place through Aug. 1, 2019.

  8. Understanding Medical Diagnostic Method Patent Eligibility
    7/31/2019

    Until this area of unsettled law is more fully developed, it will be important to include practical implication details in medical diagnostic patents to maximize the flexibility to claim inventions in multiple ways.

  9. How To Prepare For An FDA Inspection
    7/29/2019

    An FDA inspection is very different than an ISO certification or surveillance audit — too often, organizations “prepare” for scheduled ISO audits by playing catch-up on activities that have been neglected or otherwise overlooked. The catch-up strategy will be problematic for FDA inspections and will generally result in inspectional observations.

  10. IVDs And LDTs: Evolving Visions Of FDA Oversight Under The VALID Act
    7/29/2019

    The Verifying Accurate, Leading edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act represents the latest development in LDT regulation. This article examines how clinical tests have been regulated, as well as an overview of the proposed VALID Act, and where the potential legislation stands.