Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Integration of Dose-Counting Mechanisms into MDI Drug Products.” This guidance is intended to assist manufacturers who are developing or plan to develop drug products for oral inhalation using metered-dose inhalers (MDIs).
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FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Integration of Dose-Counting Mechanisms into MDI Drug Products.” This guidance is intended to assist manufacturers who are developing or plan to develop drug products for oral inhalation using MDIs. The guidance reflects the agency's current recommendations regarding the integration of dose-counting mechanisms into MDI drug products for oral inhalation. Although the contents of the guidance should be considered by any manufacturer of any MDI drug product (including nasal MDI products), this guidance is neither specifically intended for manufacturers of already marketed MDI drug products for oral inhalation nor for manufacturers developing MDIs for other routes of administration (e.g., nasal MDIs). It is also not intended for manufacturers developing multidose dry powder inhalers (MDPIs), which already incorporate dose counters as an integral part of the delivery system. Manufacturers developing new MDPIs are encouraged to continue including dose counters in their delivery systems and may find the contents of this guidance useful in their planning.
A draft guidance of the same name was made available for public comment in a notice published in the Federal Register of December 11, 2001 (66 FR 64045). This guidance contains only clarifying editorial changes.
This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the agency's current thinking on integrating dose-counting mechanisms into MDI drug products. 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.
Interested persons may, at any time, submit written or electronic comments on the guidance to the Dockets Management Branch (see ADDRESSES). Two copies of any mailed comments are to be submitted, except that individuals may submit one copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. The guidance and received comments are available for public examination in the Dockets Management Branch between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Dated: March 5, 2003.
William K. Hubbard,
Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.
[FR Doc. 03-5956 Filed 3-12-03; 8:45 am]
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