A combination product is a product composed of any combination of a drug and a device; a biological product and a device; a drug and a biological product; or a drug, device, and a biological product.
Under 21 CFR 3.2 (e), a combination product is defined to include:
A product comprised of two or more regulated components (i.e., drug/device, biologic/device, drug/biologic, or drug/device/biologic) that are physically, chemically, or otherwise combined or mixed and produced as a single entity;
Two or more separate products packaged together in a single package or as a unit and comprised of drug and device products, device and biological products, or biological and drug products;
A drug, device, or biological product packaged separately that according to its investigational plan or proposed labeling is intended for use only with an approved individually specified drug, device, or biological product where both are required to achieve the intended use, indication, or effect and where, upon approval of the proposed product, the labeling of the approved product would need to be changed (e.g., to reflect a change in intended use, dosage form, strength, route of administration, or significant change in dose); or
Any investigational drug, device, or biological product packaged separately that according to its proposed labeling is for use only with another individually specified investigational drug, device, or biological product where both are required to achieve the intended use, indication, or effect.
Regulatory professionals working in the field of combination products
Thomas E. Colonnaearned a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science), a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, Dr. Colonna holds academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia.
Dr. Colonna provides consulting services in the scientific and regulatory aspects of a wide range of medical devices and biologics with particular expertise in the areas of in vitro diagnostics (ELISA-based, PCR-based, SNPs, microarrays, and pharmacogenomics), medical device software (including bioinformatics), and biotechnology-based products. Dr. Colonna’s consulting clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies located throughout the US, as well as, Canada, India, and Russia. Widely published in numerous fields, Dr. Colonna brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.