CDRH's Expedited Access Pathway: 17 Devices And Counting
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
A system using nerve stimulation to treat diaphragm atrophy in mechanical ventilation patients is the latest product to be granted EAP designation. FDA officials recently confirmed that 17 devices have been accepted to the expedited development pathway about a year after the program launched.
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Manufacturers considering the Expedited Access Pathway for 510(k) devices should start the submission process, experts and agency staff say, although it still remains to be seen what types of 510(k) devices will qualify. The December-enacted 21st Century Cures Act added 510(k) devices to the program as part of its Breakthrough Device provision.
Success of enhanced communications in particular made one stakeholder wonder whether FDA could use it with non-breakthrough applications.
The Senate HELP Committee voted March 9 in favor of a breakthrough device provision, watered down from a version approved in the House last year. Other bills voted out of committee include a combination products reform measure, the digital-health focused MEDTECH Act, and four others. Senators are still debating whether NIH and FDA should get additional funds to cover the cost of the bills, which will be wrapped up into a broader package before Senate floor debate.