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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

New FDA Regulations Streamlining the Governance of Combination Products are Detailed in New White Paper

AGAWAM, MASS. — September 10, 2013 — New Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations have streamlined the governance of combination products — medical devices embedded with pharmaceutical or biologic components. A new white paper titled “Combination Products 3.0: Applying the New FDA Regulations in 2013” discusses the implications for manufacturers. The whitepaper is available to download at http://microtestlabs.com/combination-products-30.

Combination products are a large and growing segment of the medical device market. Some analysts estimate they represent over 30% of all new FDA product submissions.

“Over the last 10 years, FDA regulatory centers have struggled with the changes and challenges that these new technologies present. For manufacturers, the convergence of drugs, biologics, and devices has created both a host of regulatory issues — and many exciting opportunities,” according to Steven Richter, Ph.D, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Microtest Laboratories, Inc., and author of the new white paper.

The new FDA publication, “21 CFR Part 4 — Current Good Manufacturing Practice Requirements for Combination Products,” revises regulations by establishing different categories of products. These included single-entity products (such as a drug-eluting stent) and co-packaged products (such as a packaged syringe and pharmaceutical). The rules also distinguished between a drug with a device, a biologic with a device, and a device with an HCT/P.

 

The new white paper discusses, in detail and example, how the new FDA rules guide a manufacturer into one of two approaches, depending upon the characteristics of their product.

 

According to Dr. Richter, “the FDA’s new streamlined approach for regulating combination products is a big step forward for the practitioner. It applies parts of both the QSR and GMP quality systems in a way that makes sense for the unique characteristics of each combination product. 21 CFR Part 4 closes the gaps in the 2004 guidelines and succinctly clarifies the process for establishing quality systems that ensure compliance and patient health and safety.”

Download the new white paper, “Combination Products 3.0: Applying the New FDA Regulations in 2013,” from http://microtestlabs.com/combination-products-30. The white paper is presented by Microtest Laboratories, a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

Based in Agawam, Mass., the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information about Microtest Laboratories, visit microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.


Friday, April 19th, 2013

Microbiology Quality Control Seminar to Assist Medical Device Manufacturers Validate Sterilization, Cleaning Processes

A seminar on microbiology quality control — designed to help medical device manufacturers validate sterilization and cleaning processes, and maintain controlled environments — will be held on Thursday, May 16, in Boston.

“For today’s medical device manufacturers, the challenge is to validate their sterilization and cleaning processes to ensure patient safety and product integrity. This seminar will focus on a host of issues pertaining to the sterilization of medical devices including sterilization validation, bioburden, sterility, and endotoxin testing, as well as submitting samples to a contract testing laboratory,” said Steven Richter, Ph.D., president and scientific director of Microtest Laboratories, which is hosting the event.

Topics at the “Microbiology Quality Control Seminar will include:

  • MICRO 101
  • Sterilization Validation
  • Bioburden Testing
  • Sterility Testing
  • Endotoxin Testing
  • Testing Sample Submissions

The event will be held at the MIT Endicott House in Boston, Mass., on Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. A networking reception and lunch are included.

To register, download the form from http://www.microtestlabs.com/pdfs/seminar-registration-form_1305.pdf. Or, contact Julie Adamski at Microtest Laboratories by phone at 1-800-631-1680, ext. 192, or by email at jadamski@microtestlabs.com. The registration fee is $149.

The event is one in a series of technical seminars and workshops for medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers presented by Microtest Laboratories, a Mass.-based, FDA-audited company with a history of exceptional regulatory compliance.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.


Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

New White Paper Assists Medical Device Manufacturers with Changes to FDA Endotoxin Testing Guidelines

AGAWAM, MASS. —October 24, 2012 — A new white paper is available to assist medical device manufacturers with understanding recent changes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) thinking regarding endotoxin testing. The paper is available to download from the Web at http://www.microtestlabs.com/medical-device-endotoxin-testing-paper.

Titled “FDA Updates Medical Device Endotoxin Testing Program (New Guidance),” the new white paper is authored by Steven G. Richter, Ph.D., a former FDA official, and President and Chief Scientific Officer of Microtest Laboratories, Inc., a leading contract testing laboratory.

In the paper, Dr. Richter discusses the FDA’s recently published document, “Guidance of Industry Pyrogen and Endotoxin Testing: Questions and Answers.” The FDA document replaced the agency’s 1987 Endotoxin Guidelines — now considered out of date as a result of changes in the USP and pharmaceutical dosage forms. It presents the agency’s current position regarding pyrogen and bacterial endotoxin testing requirements for pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. Medical devices that contact circulating blood or cerebrospinal fluid, or are used with intraocular products or in vitro fertilization procedures, are required to be endotoxin-free.

In his new white paper, Dr. Richter reviews the FDA’s updated guidelines on endotoxin testing and explains how they relate to medical devices. Since the majority of pyrogens found on medical devices are bacterial in nature, the paper focuses on those contaminates.

Some medical devices that are required by the FDA to be tested for endotoxin are:

  • Intravenous catheters and tubing
  • Cardiac stents and angioplasty balloons
  • Certain implants such as pacemakers/defibrillators
  • Spinal catheters
  • Transfusion catheters
  • Intraocular lens implants
  • Cranial drills
  • Perfusion tubing
  • Dialysis tubing and filters
  • Vascular grafts
  • In vitro fertilization catheters

Download a copy of the new white paper, “FDA Updates Medical Device Endotoxin Testing Program (New Guidance),” from the Microtest Laboratories website at http://www.microtestlabs.com/medical-device-endotoxin-testing-paper. Or, request a copy by calling 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a full-service medical device testing laboratory and provider of related services for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Medical device testing is performed in-house by seasoned regulatory microbiologists and chemists under strict GMP/GLP regulations. Microtest is both ISO 9000 and 17025 certified. Testing services include bioburden, sterility, endotoxin, accelerated aging, and toxicity (ISO 10993). In addition, Microtest recently introduced a fast-track test to screen plastics and polymers in medical devices for toxicity using Zebrafish embryos.

Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com, or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Seminar to Help Manufacturers Accelerate the Process of Bringing Reusable Medical Devices to Market

AGAWAM, Mass. – Medical product manufacturers can learn how to accelerate the process of bringing their reusable devices to market in a day-long seminar on May 3, 2011, in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Titled “Bringing Your Reusable Device To Market: Just Because Your Device Lasts Forever Doesn’t Mean The Process of Bringing It To Market Has To,” the seminar will provide an extensive look at the process of introducing such products and help manufacturers answer critical questions such as: “What is required?”; “How much will it cost?”; and “How long will it take?”

The seminar will cover the product introduction process from manufacture of the sterilization tray to the testing that’s required for regulator submittal. Presentations will include:

  • Flushing It Out: New Analytical Methods of Testing on Protein, Hemoglobin, and Carbohydrate
  • Don’t Get Stuck in a Groove: Cleaning Validations Using Microbial Methods
  • What is the Good in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP): Understanding the Process
  • Packaging Your Idea Into Reality: A Look at the Process of Tray Manufacturing
  • One Cycle, Two Cycle, Three Cycle, More?: Sterilization of Your Reusable Devices

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration and a complimentary continental breakfast starting at 8 a.m. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, Massachusetts. The cost is $149 per person and it includes breakfast, lunch, and workshop handouts.

The seminar is sponsored by Microtest Laboratories, a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.

To register, contact Julie Adamski at 413-786-1680, toll-free at 800-631-1680, or at jadamski@microtestlabs.com.

About Microtest Laboratories

Microtest Laboratories is a leader in testing services and contract manufacturing for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. Based in Agawam, Massachusetts, USA, the company provides expertise and flexible processes that enhance product safety and security, accelerate time to market, and minimize supply chain disruption. For more information, visit http://www.microtestlabs.com or call 1-413-786-1680 or toll-free 1-800-631-1680. Follow Microtest Laboratories on Twitter @MicrotestLabs at http://twitter.com/MicrotestLabs.

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Press contact: Don Goncalves, 1-781-793-9380, dgoncalves@tizinc.com


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