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long time ago, it was an easier task to determine what we covered on the MDT page.
There are basically two 'worlds'-
The world of pharmacy and the world of medical devices '.
'Of course, there are other abnormal technologies that are strictly grouped, and there are drug delivery technologies (
Or combine products if you like)
This brings the two worlds together in a single drug/device solution.
But to a large extent, there is a clear division of medical technology that makes things very neat and clean.
In recent years, the boundaries between the types of technology have not been so clear.
So you start to see these areas gradually becoming the focus of the MDT.
This has already happened in technologies such as biotechnology, which have been combined with medical devices, similar to the way pharmaceutical is combined with them, which only continues to grow.
Another example of a 'recent' change is the whole area of in vitro diagnosis.
These technologies are actually their own 'world' and do not exactly match the definition of traditional pharmaceutical or medical devices.
While biology and IVD may be the starting reason for the blurring of boundaries, as the medical device industry becomes more prevalent, there are more emerging technologies that will really have an impact on it.
Stem cells we have heard of stem cells for many years, but it seems that a new method or technology is mentioned every day to use them to achieve another medical breakthrough. The use (And manipulation)
Stem cells seem to have become a much less controversial topic than in the past, but this does not mean that the challenge of using stem cells has decreased (
Or me and my co-editor Sam regularly discuss if they are 'medical devices' or if we should cover them, no matter what label they have on them).
One aspect that remains true, however, is that they will undoubtedly continue to be studied and, therefore, new discotheques about their use will emerge.
They may represent another 'blurry line', but they are also a great opportunity to strengthen health care and address a range of diseases.
Growing human tissue we have reported many human tissues and organs in laboratories around the world.
The lungs, the skin, the ears, the heart, the liver, and more are already present in a petri dish and are able to test new drugs or diagnostic techniques.
However, the application for the growth of human tissues and organs is only in the initial stage.
Obviously, a major goal is the ability to plant these 'parts' for the human body '.
Eliminating the need for a list of organ donors is actually equivalent to the 'miracle therapy' of many people '. But is a lab-
For example, it is 'made' and implanted, just like a mechanical pacemaker, but it obviously doesn't 'feel' the same way '.
In our wonderful industry, this is another example of blurred vision.
Additive manufacturing for 3D printing technology (i. e. , 3D printing)
It is a magical technology that has influenced and changed the way production is done.
In the field of design and manufacturing, it provides great time and cost savings in the creation of physical prototypes for molds, and even for the generation of short-time production preparation parts.
There is no doubt that the advantages of this process will continue to be achieved.
In the medtech field, however, 3D printing creates a conundmm.
What would the FDA say if the doctor wanted to print a part or tool in his or her office to use the ina clinical procedure?
How about the patient's insurance company?
Should these considerations kill the innovations 3D printing offers in the healthcare sector?
Someone would say yes, but we do need to review how to make sure the work is done safely.
Can the medical device design for 3D printing be submitted to the FDA for approval, allowing the doctor to print in the office?
Does the 3D presses need to be reviewed to determine that they can ensure the required repeatability each time a part or tool is generated without failing?
These are just some of the disruptive issues that 3d printing has brought about in healthcare.
This ever-changing medical technology environment has made it more difficult for me to determine what we cover, and it is actually a very remarkable thing.
Revolutionary technologies that combine multiple aspects of medicine are emerging, which makes overall healthcare solutions better.
Does it mean being able to quickly diagnose, replace sick human organs, regenerate skin, print surgical tools on demand, or just provide better overall health care in some way, this means that I would be happy to accept the other side of making the labels for these 'medical devices' more difficult.
Sean finsk | editor-IN-CHIEFsean.
Finsk @ advantagemedia.