In my own humble opinion, Scott Gottlieb’s resignation will come as a blow to both the industry and the public health of our nation. Dr. Gottlieb will stay in his position for about a month. There is no speculation as to whom his replacement will be, and, while some of the news outlets cite his taxing weekly commute to Bethesda/D.C.
I am currently attending the SDMD (Software Design for Medical Devices) Global IQPC conference in Berlin, where I presented on “Harmonization of Agile Methodology and Medical Device Design Control”. This topic was chosen because, currently, there is no FDA Guidance on this issue, and to provide insight to developers to implement these systems using a lean,
It will only be weeks until the User Fee carryover money for all the User Fee programs runs out. While Commissioner Gottlieb is doing his best to shuffle resources, the Agency will likely be up the perpetual tributary without any physical means of propulsion soon.
Because the Agency cannot accept any new fee-paying applications since the shutdown started,
Ricki Chase, Director, Compliance Practice, authored an article published in Medtech Insight, “How Device Makers Can Leverage FDA Data to Uncover The Agency’s Current Thinking on Compliance”. In this article, she discusses how manufacturers can use information available online from inspectional observations, warning letters, and product recalls to ascertain FDA’s priorities with regards to compliance and enforcement actions.