“A final guidance document issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to make medical devices used by patients in their homes safer and more reliable.
In general, medical devices can be divided into two categories: Those intended to be used in professional settings by healthcare professionals, and those intended to be used in home healthcare settings by patients or caregivers.
The latter category, often referred to as “home use devices,” is associated with a unique set of concerns compared to its professional use counterparts. Because the devices are typically used frequently by those without medical training, FDA has taken an interest in making sure that they are designed appropriately for use within the home.”
“HDMA’s 2014-15 Factbook updates member financial, operational performance.
The just-published 2014-15 Factbook, a compilation of HDMA member data as well as relevant industry statistics, gives evidence that full-line wholesalers are running faster—shipping more products each day, while handling a higher daily average of orders. The report also provides a snapshot of what the industry was looking like in 2013 just as the Drug Supply Chain Security Act was passed; presumably, the report from a year from now will show how ready the industry was for the Jan. 1, 2015, deadline coming up for reporting transaction information to customers and FDA, per DSCSA requirements. ”
“Throughout the conference, manufacturers, distributors, and other members of the drug supply chain expressed concern over the current lack of guidance from FDA regarding compliance with federal product tracing laws with only 49 days until the DSCSA is set to begin to take effect.
Dr. Connie Jung, Acting Associate Director for Policy and Communications for the Office of Drug Security, Integrity, and Recalls in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Compliance, once again spoke at the conference and attempted to address some of their concerns.”