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Clinical Investigations for Prostate Tissue Ablation Devices Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff June 2019


Not for implementation. Contains non-binding recommendations.

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Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

This draft guidance document, when finalized, will provide recommendations for (1) complying with the clinical testing special control under 21 CFR 876.4340(b)(8) for premarket notifications (510(k)s) for high intensity ultrasound systems for prostate tissue ablation, and (2) collecting clinical data to support marketing submissions for new types of prostatic tissue ablation devices. High intensity ultrasound systems for prostate tissue ablation transmit high intensity therapeutic ultrasound energy into the prostate to thermally ablate a defined, targeted volume of tissue. Other prostate ablation devices achieve the same clinical effect of ablating targeted tissue volumes using different sources of energy. Regardless of the energy type used for ablation, these devices may receive marketing authorization for a general indication for ablation of prostatic tissue. This guidance does not address intended uses for the treatment of a specific disease (e.g., prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia).

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All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2019-D-2223.