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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Impact of Risk Management Programs on the Practice of Pharmacy

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on FDA's burden estimates to conduct a descriptive survey of pharmacists to evaluate pharmacists' knowledge of risk management programs, identify barriers to compliance, and assess the impact of these programs on the practice of pharmacy.


Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by April 14, 2003.


Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to​scripts/​oc/​dockets/​edockethome.cfm. Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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Karen Nelson, Office of Information Resources Management (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1482.

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Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; Start Printed Page 7125(2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Risk management programs are reviewed by divisions in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research as part of the new drug application (NDA) review process as well as during the postmarketing period. In an effort to address safety risks associated with drug therapy, several risk management programs have been implemented (e.g., for clozapine, thalidomide, and bosentan). Many risk management programs require pharmacists to actively intervene and implement actions that deviate from their normal work procedures. Currently, the impact of risk management programs on the practice of pharmacy in terms of pharmacists' compliance, knowledge, burden, and barriers is not known.

The goal of this descriptive survey is to obtain information that will help FDA understand how risk management programs affect the practice of pharmacy and gain insight on practical interventions for future risk management programs. Findings from the survey will offer new insight and knowledge in risk management programs, and will enable FDA to make better decisions when reviewing new or existing risk management programs. Expected outcomes from the survey include a collection of data to evaluate pharmacists' knowledge of risk management programs, identify barriers of compliance, and assess the impact of these programs on the practice of pharmacy.

The descriptive survey will be sent to a representative sampling of pharmacists in the United States. Approximately 5,000 pharmacists will be chosen at random from listings of licensed pharmacists obtained from participating U.S. State Boards of Pharmacy. Because the number of licensed pharmacists in each State varies and the number of respondents from each State cannot be predicted, either a simple random or a stratified sample design will be used, depending on whether there is sufficient number of participating pharmacists to evaluate regional differences. The geographic regions would be classified by location in one of the four geographic regions of the United States corresponding to those used by the U.S. Bureau of Census (northeast, midwest, south, west).

The survey will be conducted via first-class mail. The survey will be mailed with a cover letter to randomly chosen pharmacists along with a preaddressed, stamped return envelope. To ensure anonymity and confidentiality, no premarkings or numbering systems will be recorded on the survey or return envelope.

From the sample size of approximately 5,000 pharmacists, the desirable response rate is approximately 75 to 85 percent. If needed, actions will be taken to increase the response rate, such as resending the survey approximately 2 weeks after the initial mailing.

FDA estimates that it will take each pharmacist approximately 20 minutes to respond to the survey and return it to FDA. The burden of this collection of information is estimated as follows:

Table 1.—Estimated One-Time Reporting Burden1

Number of RespondentsAnnual Frequency Per ResponseTotal Annual ResponsesHours per ResponseTotal Hours
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: February 5, 2003.

Margaret M. Dotzel,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 03-3433 Filed 2-11-03; 8:45 am]