• 2019 Med Device Trends to Watch For: Regulatory Changes

    14 February, 2019 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    For the medtech industry, 2019 is going to be marked by a slew of regulatory changes, beginning with Canada’s requirement of Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP), which took effect on Jan. 1.

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  • Modernizing the FDA’s 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 3

    2 January, 2019 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This is the last article of a three-part series on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) program. This blog post explains why using the strictest standard as the foundation for your submissions worldwide, even in countries that are relatively lenient, is the right thing to do in terms of both ethics and economics.

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  • De Novo Becoming Faster and Easier Pathway to Market

    25 October, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    There are many pathways to bring a medical device to market. The 510(k) and premarket approval (PMA) are the most common, while the de novo pathway is less popular. Advances in technology and changes in regulatory standards are making the de novo a more attractive option.

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  • Beyond the Mandates: The Business Value of Mass Serialization and Supply Process Visibility, Part 2

    15 August, 2018 by Carla Frances Reed, President, New Creed

    A look at how how global mandates for implementing mass serialization within supply chain management are coming to fruition in U.S. and European markets, just to name a couple, and how the use of technology can help supply chain managers get a better handle on this task through automated, real-time visibility.

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  • Top 5 Medical Device Industry Trends in 2018: Software Is More Common and Complex

    9 August, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The inclusion of software in medical devices is opening up new avenues for health care treatments. However, it also means medical devices are becoming more complex. New innovations in medical device development should compel device manufacturers to revamp their design and development strategies. More time and effort needs to be spent on design control, risk management and cybersecurity. The increase of software in medical devices will a noticeable impact on the approaches to medical device design and manufacturing.

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  • Why the Cloud Is the Key to Easing Your Validation Burden

    16 August, 2018 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    If your organization spends several weeks or months performing software validation, you’re not alone. Most regulated companies do. But, Erin Wright, MasterControl’s validation product manager, said validation doesn’t have to be as burdensome anymore. The powerful cloud technology, combined with a risk-based approach, is the key to a faster and better validation process.

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  • Using a QMS to Qualify Your Suppliers

    2 August, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Adulterated supplements and adverse events have long been the bane of the nutraceutical industry. However, this shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be the norm. By qualifying suppliers or ingredients, nutraceutical companies not only comply with CGMPs, they also protect their customers.

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  • How to Gain Entry to Latin America’s Medtech Market

    7 August, 2018 by Julio G. Martinez-Clark, CEO, LATAM Market Access

    Don’t get bit by piranhas and crocodiles when entering Latin America’s lucrative $31 billion medical device manufacturing industry. Learn from a pro the tips, strategies and trends you’ll need to be successful in the golden medtech market in North and South America.

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  • The #1 Gap in Manufacturing Software Today

    18 July, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    It’s 2018 and technology has pervaded every area of our lives. Yet a visit to almost any manufacturing floor reveals that paper is alive and well, even in forward-thinking companies with strong IT strategies and digital transformation initiatives in place. Why is it that the truly paperless factory floor remains so elusive?

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  • Regulatory Manager Tip: Making Your Voice Heard at the FDA

    17 July, 2018 by Walt Murray, MasterControl Consulting Partner and Principal Consultant of Pinpoint Consulting

    As a life science manufacturer, how can I minimize risk and hiccups before seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for my product? Learn how to make your voice heard at the FDA in this month’s Regulatory Manager Tip.

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  • Regulatory Barriers to Innovation for Startups

    31 July, 2018 by Tifany Desprez, Ph.D., Communication and Marketing Manager with MasterControl European Partner, Apsalys

    France and Europe are witnessing an explosion of life science innovation from new startups. But what separates the winners from the losers? Learn how to successfully overcome regulatory barriers and get your product to market quicker.

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  • Using the Newly-Approved Dietary Fibers in Supplements

    19 July, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Many consumers don't get enough fiber, leading to health problems that are especially prevalent as people get older. Fiber supplements can help fill the gap, and now the FDA has expanded its definition of dietary fiber to include eight more sources.

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  • Noteworthy Clinical Trends in Med Device to Watch in 2018

    5 July, 2018 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Radical, whirlwind change is a core feature of the medical device industry. A clinical/regulatory expert provides insight into the clinical developments currently shaking up the device world and explains how device companies can adapt and thrive in a burgeoning industry that seems to reinvent itself daily.

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  • Top 5 Medical Device Industry Trends in 2018: Atypical Medical Device Technology Will Become More Typical

    28 June, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Technology companies outside of the health care sector continue to carve out a niche in the medical device industry. This trend makes the competition more flammable. Still, in many ways, disruptive technology developers may need to call upon their incumbent counterparts for assistance with navigating the regulatory pathway to compliance. This article discusses some of the regulatory stumbling blocks that could impact non-traditional medical device developers.

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  • How to Make Pre-Sub Program Communication With the FDA More Transparent

    26 June, 2018 by Walt Murray, MasterControl Consulting Partner and Principal Consultant of Pinpoint Consulting

    If you're getting close to submitting a medical device for market clearance through the FDA, you may want to read this month's Regulatory Manager Tip. The best type of communication for this process is to create even greater transparency by creating a venue for interaction with FDA staff for a "pre-sub" review of your device submission.

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  • What Biotech Startups Need to Do to Slay the Competition

    21 June, 2018 by Matthew M. Lowe, Executive Vice President of MasterControl

    Venture capitalists have pumped $2.8 billion into biotechnology startups in the first two months of this year alone. This means two things if you’re a startup. First, expect fierce competition because a huge capital pool attracts the very best in the industry. Second, this kind of investor confidence requires that you hit the ground running.

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  • What the FDA’s New Ruling Means for Caffeine Supplements

    14 June, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Most of us need caffeine to get through the day, whether from coffee, soda or energy drinks. For those seeking alternate sources, nutraceutical companies have been happy to oblige. However, recent headlines about dangerous caffeine supplements and subsequent action by the FDA might be worrisome to consumers and manufacturers.

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  • FDA Backs Cannabis-Based Drug to Treat Kids With Epilepsy

    5 June, 2018 by Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Is the U.S. FDA about to approve the first cannabis-derived drug to win federal approval? In a recent FDA Advisory Committee meeting, a teenage boy addressed committee members. Sam, an epilepsy patient, was the first U.S. citizen to try Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived drug. Read about the future of medical marijuana.

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  • The Link Between Regulation, Quality Systems and Data Integrity, Part 2

    31 May, 2018 by Philippe Charbon, CEO of Apsalys, a European value-added Partner of MasterControl

    An examination of how the evolving standards of data integrity are affecting regulations and quality considerations within life science industries worldwide.

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