Recent Blog Posts

  • On August 31, 2016, FDA issued a notification of public hearing and request for comments on manufacturer communications regarding unapproved uses of approved or cleared medical products. The hearing will be held on November 9-10, 2016, and individuals wishing to present information at the hearing must register by October 19, 2016. The deadline for written comments is January 9, 2017. In the notice, FDA posed a series of questions on which it is seeking input from a broad group of stakeholders,... More
  • On May 17, 2016, FDA issued Draft Guidance for Industry on Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations (“Draft Guidance”).  This Draft Guidance builds on prior FDA guidance on Computerized Systems Used in Clinical Investigations and Electronic Source Data in Clinical Investigations, and provides information on FDA’s expectations for the use of Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) data to clinical investigators, research institutions and sponsors of clinical research on drugs, biologics, medical devices and combination products conducted under an... More
  • Epstein Becker Green has just released the 50-State Survey of Telemental/Telebehavioral Health (2016), a groundbreaking, comprehensive survey on the laws, regulations, and regulatory policies impacting telemental health in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. While other telehealth studies exist, this survey focuses solely on the remote delivery of behavioral health care. Compiled by attorneys in Epstein Becker Green’s Telehealth practice, the survey details the rapid growth of telemental health—mental health care delivered via interactive audio or video, computer programs, or mobile applications—and... More
  • While FDA made a push last fall to explore the technical challenges associated with 3-D printed devices (holding a public workshop in October 2014), the Agency’s planned guidance on the topic fell to the “B-list” in FDA’s 2015 medical device guidance agenda. According to the agenda, the Agency will issue a draft guidance document on 3-D printing as “guidance-development resources permit.” In light of the regulatory uncertainty facing 3-D printing stakeholders, this may seem like unwelcome news – but is... More
  • When FDA published its draft guidance Internet/Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations— Presenting Risk and Benefit Information for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices in June 2014, I, like many others with an interest in pharmaceutical and medical device promotion, believed that the issue of social media promotion of drugs and medical devices was largely settled. Even with the limited concessions offered by FDA to reduce the traditional risk disclosure requirements, absent a substantial shift in FDA’s position, Twitter was not... More
  • 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... More
  • 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... More
  • As reported previously in this blog and in an EBG Client Alert, FDA has recently reopened the comment periods for three draft guidance documents released this year: two on social media promotion (open until October 29) and one on informed consent information sheets (open until October 27).  FDA does not often reopen the door to comment after the required notice-and-comment period has closed, and the fact that FDA has chosen to do so for these draft guidances is significant.  In... More
  • Earlier this year, FDA released draft guidance the pharmaceutical and medical device industries had been awaiting for five years.  But instead of revolutionizing the Agency’s thinking on drug and device promotion, FDA’s social media guidance essentially continued the familiar credo on advertisements—accurate and not misleading, fair balance, substantiation—and ignored some of the central features of social media.  Last week, FDA reopened the comment period for the character-space limited communications and correcting third-party misinformation guidances.  Now companies have until October 29,... More
  • Earlier this month, Customed, Inc. initiated the largest medical device recall ever recorded in FDA history.  The recall was of sterile convenience surgical packs and was due to packaging flaws.  These flaws could result in loss of sterility and lead to infection.  There have also been a number of voluntary recalls on the drug side related to sterility.  FDA has also issued warning letters to pharmaceutical companies for poor aseptic practices, among other Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) related issues.  These... More