Breakthrough

CMS’ rule granting speedy coverage to FDA-designated ‘breakthrough’ devices delayed again

CMS delayed the start date of its rule that would provide expedited Medicare coverage for products the FDA deems “breakthrough devices” from May 15 to Dec. 15. CMS wants more time to examine concerns expressed about the rule, including that devices may gain coverage despite limited evidence of their use among seniors.

New CMS rule to enable immediate coverage for FDA-designated ‘breakthrough’ devices

The agency has finalized a rule that allows it to provide immediate Medicare coverage for FDA-approved products that are deemed “breakthrough devices.” The new coverage process would enable seniors to get access to these devices more quickly, but some provider and payer groups are concerned that this could cause patient harm.

Bone Health’s OsteoBoost Vibration Belt Receives the US FDA’s Breakthrough Device Designation for Osteoporosis

Shots: OsteoBoost receives the US FDA’s BDD to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It uses vibration technology that delivers mechanical stimulation to the hips & spine at a precise, individually calibrated frequency, encouraging the body to reduce bone resorption & potentially create new bone An initial study showed that just one 30min treatment with OsteoBoost …

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ViiV Healthcare’s Cabotegravir Receives US FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation for HIV Prevention

Shots: This BT designation is based on P-IIb/III HPTN 083 study assessing cabotegravir (q8w) vs. FTC/TDF tablets (qd PO, 200/300 mg) in a study population of 4,566 for HIV prevention. The data were presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) Results: HPTN 083 study showed that cabotegravir was 66% more effective at preventing …

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