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Draft Risk Assessment of Streptogramin Resistance in Enterococcus faecium Attributable to the Use of Streptogramins in Animals; Extension of Comment Period

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Notice; Extension Of Comment Period.

Summary

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending to February 23, 2005, the comment period for the notice that appeared in the Federal Register of November 24, 2004 (69 FR 68384). In the notice, FDA requested comments on a draft risk assessment of the potential impact that food-animal use of streptogramin antimicrobials has on the resistance to chemically similar streptogramins used to treat human enterococcal infections. The agency is taking this action in response to a request for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Submit written and electronic comments by February 23, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Barry Hooberman, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-102), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-8557, e-mail: bhooberm@cvm.fda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

In the Federal Register of November 24, 2004 (69 FR 68384), FDA published a notice with a 60-day comment period to request comments on a draft risk assessment of the potential impact that food-animal use of streptogramin antimicrobials has on the resistance to chemically similar streptogramins used to treat human enterococcal infections. The veterinary drug of interest in this risk assessment is the streptogramin, virginiamycin, a drug approved for use in chicken, turkey, swine, and cattle feed. FDA will consider information received during the comment period in its preparation of a final risk assessment.

The agency has received a request for a 60-day extension of the comment period for the notice. This request conveyed concern that the current 60-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the notice.

FDA has considered the request and is extending the comment period for the notice for an additional 30 days, until February 23, 2005. The agency believes that a 30-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying the preparation of the final risk assessment.

II. Request for Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments on this document. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dated: December 28, 2004.

William K. Hubbard,

Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.

[FR Doc. 05-111 Filed 1-4-05; 8:45 am]

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