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Insider Insights in Clinical Development

It isn’t difficult to see how technology has changed our lives for the better over the last century. From self-driving cars to smartphones, numerous innovations have made our lives safer and much more convenient. Of course, one of the most robust categories where the quality of life has improved is medicine thanks to ongoing technologicalRead more

We were reviewing a study protocol for a maker of medical devices, and there was one provision that just didn’t make sense. The sponsor specified a need for regular data monitoring committee meetings, but we didn’t see the need and couldn’t justify the effort. It was a short study involving few sites. In all likelihood,Read more

The European Union’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) are putting a lot of pressure on the medical device industry. These are big changes with far-reaching implications, and if there’s a common denominator among them, it can be summed up in one word: more. In this episode of Premier Voices,Read more

If you sell medical devices in Europe and haven’t made plans to comply with the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), it’s time to step things up. The new MDR and IVDR rules adopted a little over a year ago do have generous phase-in periods — three years forRead more

In a clinical trial landscape where global, multi-center studies have become increasingly common, trial monitoring has become more complex. Regulations require that sponsors of medical device studies perform site monitoring to ensure that investigators are compliant with federal regulations, sponsor agreements, the investigational plan and the requirements set forth in the Investigational Review Board (IRB)Read more

While clinical trials for medical devices have many similarities to those for pharmaceuticals, the regulatory evaluation of devices is distinct from that of drugs – and there are critical differences in the way the device trials are designed and executed. Here are a few of the key differences: Requirement for a clinical trial When studyingRead more

While clinical investigations of medical devices and investigational drugs have their differences, what they do have in common is the goal of safeguarding the rights and welfare of study participants while bringing safe and effective products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. Not all medical devices require a clinical trial, depending on theirRead more

Medical devices are ubiquitous — from thermometers, bandages, and dental floss to blood glucose meters, hearing aids, and complex implantables such as pacemakers. The latest cutting-edge examples even extend to apps on tablets and PCs that physicians use to help monitor and treat patients. To ensure the safety and efficacy of these devices, regulators expectRead more

After years in development, the final version of the Medical Device/In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulations was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on May 5, 2017. These regulations superseded the previous Directives for the European market and will be implemented over the next few years. In our last post, we went overRead more

An effective team is critical to the success of any clinical study. And when your product is destined for a market valued at $4-16 billion—such as the AVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve replacement) markets—you want to ensure a particularly strong foundation for your study. You build that foundation with yourRead more

As market demand for AVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve replacement) has exploded, companies face increasing pressure to rapidly deliver actionable clinical trial data. The key to success lies in the team. And the foundation of an effective team begins by understanding each role—and, where applicable, how to best select eachRead more

Big changes are planned in 2018 and beyond for how new medical devices are reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if a proposal put forth moves forward. In a blogpost this week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will publish a seriesRead more

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