Analysis

4 Key Takeaways From FDA's 2017 Enforcement Stats

Law360, New York (January 18, 2018, 8:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week quietly unveiled its enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2017, and the numbers show a dramatic decline in medical device warnings, an uptick in drug-related discipline and steadily rising food recalls. Here, Law360 looks at key takeaways from the stats.

Device Warnings Continue Steep Descent

One of the most intriguing takeaways was a plunge in the number of warning letters sent by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. CDRH sent 42 warnings in 2017, less than half the 85 warnings it sent in 2016.

The decline in 2017 is especially notable because...

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