FDA published the long awaited draft guidance on wellness products last Friday. The guidance is a positive step forward for industry in that it proposes that certain general wellness products will not be subject to FDA regulation.
The draft guidance clarifies that FDA does not intend to enforce its regulations against products that are "low risk" and are intended to:
- Maintain or encourage health without reference to a disease or condition (e.g. weight, fitness, stress) or
- Help users live well with or reduce risks of chronic conditions, where it is well accepted that a healthy ...
As we move into 2015, stories about the use of 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) in the health care industry continue to hit headlines. Some 3-D printed products are already available to U.S. patients, including knee and cranial implants, while others, including a graft device to treat aneurysms, are coming down the pipeline.
In touch with this trend, FDA has formed an Additive Manufacturing Working Group, and in October 2014, the Agency engaged industry stakeholders to discuss technical considerations surrounding 3-D printed products. However, according to ...
FDA is the subject of a lot of criticism, some deserved, and some not. However, I don't think FDA gets enough praise when it does something right. Therefore, I thought it was important to follow up on my previous blog and let everyone know that FDA has cleared up some of the ambiguities I mentioned there.
Specifically, on December 9th, FDA issued draft guidance making it clear that federal, and not state, law determines whether a company needs to register with FDA as a wholesale distributor or 3PL as required by the DSCSA. This clarification likely has the greatest impact on prescription ...
In early October, FDA held a public workshop to discuss the challenges of regulating medical devices made through additive manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing). Additive manufacturing gives designers the ability to build devices directly from 3-D images, like patient CT or MRI scans. As the push toward personalized medicine continues, 3-D printed devices hold incredible potential for advancing the ball. While additive manufacturing isn't completely mainstream yet, FDA and industry stakeholders expect to see major growth in this field in coming years. Experts project ...
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