Will a new FDA user fee discourage innovation in medical devices ?

More medical device companies have been using an alternative pathway to get innovative products on the market faster, but a new user fee on industry could affect the use of this pathway.

The “de novo” classification pathway has been used to get devices on the U.S. market such as Accelerate Diagnostics Inc.'s PhenoTest BC Kit, the first test to identify organisms that cause bloodstream infections and provide information on the correct antibiotics for treatment. De novo is a way to get products on the market without going through the Food and Drug Administration’s most stringent review process, known as premarket approval.

However, if companies have to pay a new fee that is seen as relatively burdensome, it could dissuade applicants from seeking de novo classification...

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