FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Device Clinical Trials and Patient Engagement: Comment Now!



The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance, “Patient Engagement in the Design and Conduct of Medical Device Clinical Investigations.” The purpose is to guide industry in accounting for patient and caregiver perspectives on living with a particular disease or condition and how medical devices impact their lives. The draft guidance is part of the FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) initiative to increase patient engagement in medical device clinical trials. The idea is that patients must be willing and able to use a medical device in order for it to have a practical benefit, so understanding any potential barriers prior to conducting a clinical trial would be beneficial.

Sandra SAM Sather Speaking at ACRP RTP Regional Conference: October 3-4, 2019



SAM Sather, MS, BSN, CCRC, CCRA, Vice President of Clinical Pathways, LLC, will be speaking at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter’s first regional conference. SAM will present on October 4th. Subject matter experts will cover key issues impacting clinical trials, and the conference provides networking opportunities and 12.0 ACRP continuing education credits are available.

Final Device Guidance Released!



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a final guidance, “Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Program.” The guidance is in alignment with requirements from the 21st Century Cures Act and amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).