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Draft Guidance for Industry on Influenza: Developing Drugs for Treatment and/or Prophylaxis; Availability

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Influenza: Developing Drugs for Treatment and/or Prophylaxis.” Recent concerns about the possibility of pandemic spread of novel influenza strains have increased interest in influenza drug development for both seasonal and pandemic settings. The purpose of this guidance is to assist sponsors in all phases of influenza drug development and to address questions FDA often receives regarding the potential for emergency use of influenza drugs for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of influenza.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by May 21, 2009.

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Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit written comments on the draft guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.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.regulations.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Debra Birnkrant, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 6332, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-0770.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Influenza: Developing Drugs for Treatment and/or Prophylaxis.” Because of the public health implications of both seasonal and pandemic influenza, the variable nature of the disease, and the limited therapeutic options and challenges in studying new options, FDA is developing guidance to assist sponsors in all phases of influenza drug development. This draft guidance addresses preclinical development, early phases of clinical development, phase 3 protocol designs and endpoints for the treatment of both uncomplicated and serious influenza, and protocol designs for the prophylaxis of symptomatic influenza. This guidance also addresses the role of animal data in an influenza drug development program and considerations relating to the potential for emergency use of influenza drugs including advance development of protocols for further exploration and verification of drug effects.

This draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on developing drugs for the treatment and/or prophylaxis of influenza. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Back to Top

This guidance refers to previously approved collections of information that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR parts 312 and 314 have been approved under OMB Control Numbers 0910-0014 and 0910-0001, respectively.

III. Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding 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.

IV. Electronic Access Back to Top

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/index.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

Dated: February 11, 2009.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.

[FR Doc. E9-3554 Filed 2-19-09; 8:45 am]

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