Warning Letter Close-Outs – May 2018
US FDA released one device-related close-out letter in May.
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Medical device manufacturers under the dark cloud of a US FDA warning letter work hard to close them out, and, importantly, receive a close-out letter from the agency that is posted online for everyone to see. Yet FDA hasn't publicly released such a missive to device companies since May – the longest gap since the close-out program began in 2010. FDA says it's aware of the problem.
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