On September 15, 2023, FDA published an update to the guidance document – “Breakthrough Devices Program, Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” Notably, FDA states that it may consider a medical device’s ability to improve health and healthcare disparities when deciding whether to designate a medical device as a breakthrough device. The agency may use this information to determine whether a candidate device provides more effective treatment or diagnosis when compared to the current standard of care. Below, we provide additional information regarding the breakthrough device program and the updated guidance.Continue Reading FDA Updates Breakthrough Device Guidance
[Note, this is Part 3 in an ongoing series of posts exploring substantive aspects of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (P.L. 117-328) (referred to hereafter as 2023 CAA). Earlier parts covered Medicare Payments and the PIE Act]
The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022 (MoCRA) is Subtitle E of the Food and Drug Administration Title of the 2023 CAA. The subtitle itself is a major change for the cosmetics industry, bringing almost all manufacturers and distributors into a regulatory and reporting structure similar to that currently used by the FDA to govern drugs and medical devices.
The Senate and House committee markups for both versions of the FDA User Fee legislation included a version of this law. However, the final version of that legislation had almost all policy riders stripped from it. But, it reappeared in the 2023 CAA and is now law.
So, what is MoCRA and what does it do? As with the previous posts on the 2023 CAA, we will go a little deeper on this than a regular blog post. That approach is particularly warranted here since this is an entirely new regulatory structure.Continue Reading Health Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023: Part 3 Cosmetics Regulation
On August 2, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a final rule amending existing regulations (21 C.F.R. § 201.128 and 21 CFR § 801.4) that describe the types of evidence relevant to determine a drug or device’s intended use under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). See 86 Fed. Reg. 41,384–85.
This final rule, which takes effect as of September 1, 2021, withdraws and replaces a final rule that FDA promulgated on January 9, 2017, but which never became effective due to an outcry concerning a problematic knowledge provision that was contrary to the statutory scheme of the FDCA and to physicians’ autonomy to use FDA-approved products in an off-label manner.
Prior to the 2021 final rule, FDA issued a proposed rule on September 23, 2020 that eliminated the 2017 rule’s knowledge provision and was much more aligned with FDCA intent and current FDA policy and practice. FDA maintains, and we agree, that August 2021 final rule remains largely unchanged from the 2020 proposed language.
The following is a review of some important changes that FDA regulated entities should take note of as they develop and market FDA regulated products:Continue Reading FDA clarifies evidence and knowledge requirements in intended use final rule
A substantial shift for genetically engineered (“GE”) food regulation may be on the horizon thanks to a USDA proposed rule with a fast closing comment period, which ends on February 26, 2021. The proposed rule strips FDA’s jurisdiction over food-bearing GE livestock and places it within USDA’s purview, thereby granting USDA jurisdiction over pre-market review…