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Pay-for-Delay has a tough (antitrust) time at EU Top Court

In recent years, there have been various antitrust investigations in the pharmaceutical sector resulting in decisions of the European Commission (EC) and the European Courts.[1] In two recent rulings – “Lundbeck”[2] and “Paroxetine”[3] – the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dealt with settlement agreements …›

Software as a Medical Device in Europe – New Regulatory Regime About to Enter into Force – (Part 6 of 6)

In Part 6 of our series of consecutive articles on the reformed regulatory framework under the EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (“MDR”), which will govern medical devices software (“MDSW”) in the EU, we turn to the transition periods certain MDSW can benefit from before …›

Global HealthTech CEO Connect: Software as a Medical Device in the U.S. and EU Recap

On Friday, March 26, 2021, over 180 attendees worldwide attended McKinsey & Company’s first Global HealthTech CEO Connect of 2021. The discussion focused on regulatory and legal considerations for software as a medical device (SaMD) in both the United States and Europe and specific …›

FDA Clinical Decision Support Software vs. EU’s Medical Device Regulation

In follow-up to our colleagues recent post about the newly implemented Medical Device Regulation (“MDR”) in the European Union, this post will discuss some of the similarities between FDA’s Clinical Decision Support (“CDS”) Software Draft Guidance (together the “CDS Draft Guidance”) and the MDR. …›

Software As A Medical Device In Europe – New Regulatory Regime About To Enter Into Force – (Part 5 of 6)

The preceding articles of this series laid out how the new EU Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (“MDR”) leads to a broader coverage of medical devices and an overall deeper level of regulation in areas already regulated before. This episode will put the spotlight …›

Software as a Medical Device in Europe – New Regulatory Regime About to Enter into Force – (Part 4 of 6)

After having dealt with the issue when software may be considered a medical device according to its intended purpose (in part 2) and the implications of the new risk classification regime (in part 3), in this part 4 of our series on Software as …›

FDA’S PLAN FOR AI/ML-BASED SOFTWARE AS MEDICAL DEVICES: PROGRESS AND CONCERNS

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as Medical Devices (SaMDs) and has been taking steps towards advancing its regulatory oversight. The FDA recently published an AI/ML SaMD action plan, developed in direct response to …›