FDA Watch

Agency Greenlights First Over-the-Counter, At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kit

Nearly 250 COVID-19 diagnostic tests have gotten Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA since the pandemic started. Almost all of them have been prescription products. In addition, 25 test … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

Respiratory Panel Tests Flow from EUA Pipeline Ahead of Flu Season

The robust COVID-19 testing EUA pipeline has opened up a new opportunity for companies that produce multi-analyte panels capable of detecting not only the SARS-CoV-2 virus but other respiratory viral … [Read more...]

FDA

FDA Watch: Agency Finalizes CLIA Waiver Guidance for New IV Devices

On Feb. 25, the FDA issued a pair of final guidances to help manufacturers seeking clearance for new in vitro diagnostic devices. Here are the highlights. CLIA Waivers The first guidance … [Read more...]

NEW PRODUCTS

FDA Watch: Agency to Use EUA Pathway to Clear New Coronavirus Detection Tests

There are no FDA-cleared tests to detect the new 2019-nCoV Wuhan coronavirus. But on Jan. 28, the agency unveiled its strategy to promote the rapid development and availability of safe and effective … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

FDA Watch: Agency Exempts Dozens of Tests from 510(k) Review

On Dec. 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final order exempting dozens of Class I and Class II medical devices that previously required 510(k) submission from 510(k) … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

FDA Watch: Agency Targets Sale of IVD Reagents without Premarket Approval

Distribution of diagnostics and devices without premarket approval has featured prominently on the FDA’s enforcement priority list this year. The agency has issued seven warning letters related to … [Read more...]

FDA Watch: Agency Clears the Way for Approval of Blood-Based PSA Test

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recommends that men age 55 to 65 consider prostate cancer screening. The reason it doesn’t directly recommend testing for all men in this age group is … [Read more...]

NEW PRODUCTS

FDA Watch: New Process for Simultaneous Review IVD Tests Used in Cancer Drug Trials

Typically, in vitro diagnostic (IVDs) tests used in investigational cancer drug trials require two submissions: one for the IVD test and another for the drug. But on Oct. 9, the FDA issued final … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

FDA Approves Next-Gen Companion Diagnostic

A notable FDA Section 510(k) approval was granted before the close of 2016 for Foundation Medicine's FoundationFocus CDxBRCA, a next-generation sequencing-based companion diagnostic test. The FDA … [Read more...]


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