Health & Medical class

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I’m studying for my Health & Medical class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

As with assignment #1, you are a Sr Manager of Regulatory Affairs at a small, emerging biotechnology

company that is looking to develop a new medical device for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, also

known as irregular/rapid heartbeat. To-date, your company only has experience with the

pharmacovigilance practice related to the development of drugs/biologics. Your device is similar to a

pacemaker in that it is an implantable electronic device that will be placed in a certain location within

the heart muscle of a patient and will be left there for several years to regulate the heartbeat.

Your company is preparing to embark on medical device trials in the United States and Spain.

Your task is to provide the following information to your colleagues in the form of an executive summary

(incorporation of figures and graphs HIGHLY encouraged):

1. Introduction (1 paragraph)

a) Provide a general introduction for your colleague to explain the purpose of this briefing

document and what types of information you plan to include and why.

2. Outline the Key Players (2-3 paragraphs)

a) Regulatory Oversight for Devices: In each of the 2 countries (US, Spain), what

regulatory bodies are tasked with providing direct oversight to:

i) Medical Device pre-market development

ii) Medical Device Pharmacovigilance – hint: In Spain, you will need to address this

on two levels: The European Commission’s role and the role of The Spanish

Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS)

3. FDA Medical Device Requirements (3-4 paragraphs)

a) Describe the different FDA classifications for medical devices. Be sure to clearly

outline how risk plays a role in the classification of devices and explain why your

company’s device, which is intended to regulate the heartbeat, will most likely

be classified as a Class III device.

b) Identify and outline, in your own words, the key areas under the Code of

Federal Regulations that pertain to pre-market medical device

pharmacovigilance as conducted under an Investigation Device Exemption (IDE).

i) What types of medical devices fall under this part of the code?

ii) What are the pharmacovigilance/safety relevant concepts introduced in

the code?What safety-related definitions are introduced that are different from what your company is

used to seeing with drugs/biologics?

1. What are the expedited reporting details? What events meet these criteria and what are the

timeframes?

4. European Commission Device Requirements (3-4 paragraphs)

a) Describe the different EC classifications for medical devices. In what ways are they

similar or different from those employed by the FDA? Be sure to clearly outline how risk

plays a role in the classification of devices and explain why your company’s device,

which is intended to regulate the heartbeat, will most likely be classified as a Class III

device.

b) Identify and outline, in your own words, the key areas under the EU MDR that pertain to

pre-market medical device clinical investigations:

i) What are the pharmacovigilance/safety relevant concepts introduced in the EU

MDR?

ii) What safety-related definitions are introduced that are different from what

your company is used to seeing with drugs/biologics?What are the expedited reporting details? What events meet these criteria and what are the

timeframes, if any?

1. While Spain is an EU member state and therefore comes under the EC medical device

rules, what role with Spain’s Competent Authority, The Spanish Agency of Medicines and

Medical Devices (AEMPS), play with respect to safety reporting for the medical device while it is

undergoing clinical trials in Spain

5. Conclusion/Next Steps (1-2 paragraphs)

a) What resources will you use to help your company understand the pharmacovigilance

regulations related to clinical trials of medical devices in the US and EU?

b) Will you recommend any specific vendors to help manage safety reporting during

clinical trials of your device? Feel free to take this in a creative direction

Last week assignment attacheddd.final_1.docx