Nov 26, 2018

FDA to modernize how it clears medical devices

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during a tour of University of Colorado Hospital's emergency department. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration is moving away from using comparisons with much older products on the market to clear new medical devices, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The existing method has been criticized, as many of the products being used to clear new devices are decades old and new products aren't subject to full studies. The agency said that if the comparison method continues to be used, companies will be driven toward analyzing new products against devices no more than 10 years old.

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  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
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  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
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Roger Stone sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Roger Stone arriving for his sentencing hearing. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 4o months in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Why it matters: Stone is the seventh person to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His case has been at the heart of ongoing tensions between President Trump and his Justice Department.

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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