Mark’s Memo: FDA Updates and News Briefs | 03/02/10

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Mark Mansour, Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP

Mark Mansour, Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP

FDA May Ask for Rescission Authority for 510(k) Clearances

CDRH Director Jeffrey Shuren has stated that, as the agency considers proposed changes to the 510(k) process, it may request additional authority from lawmakers, including 510(k) rescission authority. The agency has said that it is challenged by a lack of robust ability to rescind device clearances. Industry officials argue that any new powers should be limited and restrained, while patient advocates praise rescission authority as an important step towards strengthening the safety of devices cleared through the 510(k) process.

Devicemakers Worried About Bayh’s Retirement

Devicemakers with facilities in Indiana, including Boston Scientific, DePuy Orthopaedics, Medtronic and Zimmer, have expressed concern about losing support in the Senate following Sen. Evan Bayh’s retirement at the end of this year. In announcing his decision to step down, Bayh touted his advocacy for device companies as a major accomplishment; the industry employs more than 45,000 in the state.

FDA Appoints Two to Tobacco Panel

Reports are stating that the FDA has selected Jack Henningfield, VP for research and health policy at Pinney Associates, which works on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline, and Neal L. Benowitz, a UC San Francisco professor who has consulted for GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, to a panel responsible for regulating the tobacco industry.

China Health Reform Spending Benefits Device Manufacturers

The $125 billion in spending by the Chinese government to start a national health insurance system is benefiting manufacturers of medical devices, including makers of imaging and diagnostic equipment. $41 billion of this amount is being spent to build 31,000 hospitals and equip them with diagnostic and imaging equipment.

Mark Mansour is a partner in the firm, Bryan Cave, LLP

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