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FDA Roundup: February 9, 2024

For Immediate Release:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an at-a-glance summary of news from around the agency: 

  • Today, the FDA issued draft guidance for industry to provide recommendations for collecting representative samples for seafood products subject to Detention Without Physical Examination (DWPE) under an Import Alert because of the appearance of adulteration caused by pathogens, unlawful animal drugs, scombrotoxin (histamine), and/or decomposition. The draft guidance, once finalized, will help foreign manufacturers and other processors of seafood products subject to DWPE submit evidence to the FDA to support a request to have their products removed from DWPE.
  • On Thursday, the FDA issued  an updated outbreak advisory for the Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese. Three new recalls were added for products containing recalled dairy products from Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. The advisory will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. More details about recalled products, including descriptions, sizes, and UPCs or “best by” dates are included in the table of recalled products
  • On Wednesday, the FDA published a CDER From Our Perspective, where Sarah Ibrahim, PhD, Associate Director of Stakeholder and Global Engagement, CDER’s Office of Generic Drugs, discusses the implementation to date of the FDA and the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Parallel Scientific Advice pilot program focusing on complex generics/“hybrid medicines” (an EMA term for medications that loosely corresponds to complex generics). This voluntary pilot program facilitates concurrent discussions between generic drug applicants and the two regulatory bodies, with the ultimate goal of improving patient access to harder to develop generic drugs.
  • On Tuesday, the FDA authorized for marketing the Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s Sleep Apnea Feature, a software-only, mobile medical application intended to detect signs of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea for adults 22 years of age and older who have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The Sleep Apnea Feature uses smart watch built-in sensors to monitor the user’s sleep for significant breathing disruptions associated with obstructive sleep apnea. The feature should not be used to replace traditional sleep apnea diagnosing methods such as a polysomnography. It is intended for over the counter and is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Phone.

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