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Proposed Rule

Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertisements; Presentation of the Major Statement in Television and Radio Advertisements in a Clear, Conspicuous, and Neutral Manner; Notice of Availability of Study Data

Action

Proposed Rule; Reopening Of Comment Period On Specific Data.

Summary

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period on specific data related to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of March 29, 2010 (75 FR 15376), to establish standards that would be considered in determining whether the major statement in direct-to-consumer (DTC) television and radio advertisements relating to the side effects and contraindications of an advertised prescription drug intended for use by humans is presented in a clear, conspicuous, and neutral manner. FDA is announcing that it has added a document to the docket for the proposed rulemaking concerning a study entitled: “Experimental Evaluation of the Impact of Distraction on Consumer Understanding of Risk and Benefit Information in Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Television Advertisements” (Distraction Study). This study was designed to investigate some advertising factors that could influence consumers' understanding of a drug's risks. This document reopens the comment period for the rulemaking proceeding to allow an opportunity for comment on the study as it relates to the proposed standards.

Unified Agenda

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Interested persons may submit either electronic or written comments on the Distraction Study report as it relates to the proposed standards by February 27, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0582 and/or RIN 0910-AG27, by any of the following methods.

Electronic Submissions Back to Top

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

Written Submissions Back to Top

Submit written submissions in the following ways:

  • FAX: (301) 827-6870.
  • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (For paper CD-ROM submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name, FDA-2009-N-0582, and RIN 0910-AG27 for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the “Comments” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number(s), found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

For information concerning human drug products: Ernest S. Voyard, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Building 51, Suite 3200, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, (301) 796-1200.

For information concerning human biological drug products: Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, (301) 827-6210.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

In the Federal Register of March 29, 2010 (75 FR 15376), FDA published a proposed rule entitled:“Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertisements; Presentation of the Major Statement in Television and Radio Advertisements in a Clear, Conspicuous, and Neutral Manner” to amend its regulations concerning DTC advertisements of prescription drugs. Specifically, the proposed rule would implement a new requirement of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, added by section 901(d)(3)(A) of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). This section requires that the major statement in DTC television or radio advertisements relating to the side effects and contraindications of an advertised prescription drug intended for use by humans be presented in a clear, conspicuous, and neutral manner, and directs FDA to publish regulations establishing the standards for determining whether a major statement meets these requirements. As directed by section 901(d)(3)(B) of FDAAA, the proposed rule described standards that the Agency would consider in determining whether the major statement is clear, conspicuous, and neutral. The proposed rule provided a 90-day period for public comment. The comment period closed June 28, 2010.

In the proposed rule (75 FR 15376 at 15379), we noted that FDA had conducted a study on the impact of distraction on consumer understanding of risk and benefit information in DTC prescription drug television advertisements (72 FR 47051, August 22, 2007) (Distraction Study). We further stated that there would be an opportunity for public comment on FDA's analyses of the results of the Distraction Study. Therefore, FDA has added the Distraction Study report to the docket and is reopening the comment period to provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the results of the analyses as it relates to the proposed standards.

The Distraction Study examined three factors which might influence people's understanding of the risk information in the audio portion of the advertisement: (1) The presence or absence of superimposed text, (2) the emotional (affective) tone of visual images, and (3) the consistency of the visual images with the risk information. The results of the Distraction Study indicate that presenting risk information at the same time in text and in audio improves consumers' understanding of the risk information. The results of the Distraction Study did not find support for the idea that consumers' understanding of the risk information is influenced by the emotional (affective) tone of visual images or the consistency of the visual images with the risk information on the screen during the major statement.

II. Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written comments regarding the Distraction Study as it relates to the proposed standards. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document and labeled “ATTN: Distraction Study.” The data and received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dated: January 20, 2012.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2012-1672 Filed 1-26-12; 8:45 am]

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