2019 was a robust year for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulatory agenda. The agency continued to implement initiatives and mandates required by the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), and navigated leadership and staffing changes at many levels. Most notably, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned on April 5. Norman Sharpless and Brett Giroir served as acting interim commissioners following Commissioner Gottlieb’s resignation. On December 17, Congress swore in Commissioner Stephen Hahn, a radiation oncologist and former chief executive of MD Anderson Cancer Center.
This Special Report reviews notable actions that shaped FDA-regulated industries and products last year, and offers insight into the agency’s 2020 priorities and expected actions in a number of areas, including:
- Digital health;
- Streamlined product approvals;
- Evolving evidentiary thresholds for product approvals;
- Strategic enforcement;
- And much more.