MedTech 100 roundup: Stocks top pre-pandemic high

After weeks of flirting with the heights hit before COVID-19 ravaged the markets, medtech stocks finally topped the pre-pandemic high last week.

MassDevice’s MedTech 100 Index — which includes stocks of the world’s largest medical device companies — spiked up to 93.11 points on Sep. 2, nearly a full point ahead of the pre-pandemic high of 92.32, which the market reached on Feb. 19.

Medtech stocks had hit a previous mid-pandemic high of 91 points last week, hanging around there before the sudden rise to 93.11, which was followed by a quick dip to 90.64 points 24 hours later.

The index dipped from that peak, though, sitting at 89.29 points at the end of last week (Sep. 4). Overall, medtech stocks saw a -1.6% decrease from the 90.78-point total at the same time a week prior (Aug. 28).

The most recent high mark represents a 0.9% rise from the Feb. 19 high point of 92.32, while the tally at the end of the week marks a -3.3% decrease from that pre-pande…

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Here’s how the UK will regulate medical devices after Brexit

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The United Kingdom issued an outline of how it intends to regulate medical devices beginning in 2021 after Brexit.

From Jan. 1, 2021, the responsibilities for the UK medical devices market that are currently governed by the European Union (EU) will be taken over by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the guidance said.

Changes to how medical devices reach the market in the UK will be implemented over time, although CE Mark approval will continue to be used and recognized until June 30, 2023, as will certificates issued by European Economic Area (EEA)-based notified bodies.

After Jan. 1, 2021, all medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the UK market must be registered with the MHRA, although a grace period for registering includes:

Four months for Class IIIs and Class IIb implantables, and all activ…
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