More device designations and approvals using FDA’s Breakthrough Devices Program (Novel Technology)
Final Guidance published Dec 2018, First Approval Dec 2017, so far 199 designations / 12 approvals total
2 Steps to qualify for the Program:
2019 recent breakthrough designations (examples):
Benefits of the Program:
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Medtronic Recalls Remote Controllers for MiniMed Insulin Pumps for Potential Cybersecurity Risks – An unauthorized person (someone other than a patient, patient caregiver, or health care provider) could potentially record and replay the wireless communication between the remote and the MiniMed insulin pump. Using specialized equipment, an unauthorized person could instruct the pump to either over-deliver insulin to a patient, leading to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or stop insulin delivery, leading to high blood sugar and diabetic ketoacidosis, even death. To date, the FDA is not aware of any reports of patient harm related to these potential cybersecurity risks.
Zimmer Biomet Recalls ROSA Brain 3.0 Robotic Surgery System – Zimmer Biomet recalled the ROSA Brain Device due to a software issue with ROSA Brain v220.127.116.11 (v18.104.22.168 software) and ROSA Brain v22.214.171.124 (v126.96.36.199 software, collectively referred to as v3.0 software), which can drive the robotic arm to an incorrect position resulting in risks for the patient. Zimmer Biomet has received five complaints related to this issue, including one patient injury. No deaths related to this issue have been reported.
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