Medical Device Adverse Event Reporting Systems in EU, Canada and US

Medical device firms’ obligation doesn’t end upon obtaining a marketing clearance, approval, or certificates. Medical device manufacturers are required to report adverse events to the authorities (e.g., Competent Authorities, Health Canada and US FDA), where applicable. To achieve compliance and to remain compliant with the adverse event reporting requirements, it is imperative that medical device manufacturers […]

With Macy Foundation Grant, Drexel Teams with 12 Institutions to Enhance Professionalism in Medical Education

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has awarded a grant to Drexel University faculty to support the dissemination and enhancement of an online resource for teaching future health care providers about professionalism in medicine — including empathy, compassion, honesty, ethics and social justice. Dennis Novack, MD, associate dean of medical education at the College of Medicine, […]

Psychiatric care is postcode lottery, say medical experts

There are not enough NHS psychiatrists in some parts of the UK and more should be recruited to improve care, says the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In Scotland, there are 10 consultant psychiatrists per 100,000 people – but only eight for the same number in England and Northern Ireland, and just six in Wales. London’s […]

The Ultimate Guide To Design Controls For Medical Device Startups

    What’s this guide about anyway? Back in 1998, I started my career as a medical device product development engineer. At that time the FDA Design Controls regulations were still fairly new — not only to me — but the industry in general. In those days, we all struggled to understand how and what […]

GMPs for API Bulk Manufacturers

Till recently, till 2001 that is, Good Manufacturing Practices for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) bulk manufacturers was carrying a bulky load on its shoulders, so to speak. GMP for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) per se had no independent guidelines. The GMPs that they were to follow and implement were bunched with those of APIs for […]

Applying ISO 14971 and IEC 62304 to medical device software

Risk management of software used in medical devices has to be implemented diligently, completely and correctly, scrutinizing the gaps thoroughly and correcting them right from the very start of product development. This is critical because of the following reasons: Medical products that have gaps or are implemented incorrectly or incompletely suffer serious ailments such as […]

Medical compliance

Medical compliance Medical compliance, rather lack of it, is perhaps the most detested word for the medical fraternity. Medical compliance is, in simple terms, adherence to prescribed treatment. Many patients fail their doctors by not following treatment courses properly. The reason most people do this is that they feel better after a few doses, and […]