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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Submitting and Reviewing Complete Responses to Clinical Holds

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that the proposed collection of information listed below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES:

Fax written comments on the collection of information by August 22, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is still experiencing significant delays in the regular mail, including first class and express mail, and messenger deliveries are not being accepted. To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Fumie Yokota, Desk Officer for FDA, FAX: 202-395-6974.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Karen L. 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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

Guidance for Industry—Submitting and Reviewing Complete Responses to Clinical Holds—OMB Control Number 0910-0445—Extension

Section 117 of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (Public Law 105-115), signed into law by the President on November 21, 1997, provides that a written request to FDA from the applicant of an investigation that a clinical hold be removed shall receive a decision in writing, specifying the reasons for that decision, within 30 days after receipt of such request. A clinical hold is an order issued by FDA to the applicant to delay a proposed clinical investigation or to suspend an ongoing investigation for a drug or biologic. An applicant may respond to a clinical hold.

Under section 505(i)(3)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, any written request to FDA from the sponsor of an investigation that a clinical hold be removed must receive a decision, in writing and specifying the reasons, within 30 days after receipt of the request. The request must include sufficient information to support the removal of the clinical hold.

In the Federal Register of May 14, 1998 (63 FR 26809), FDA published a notice of availability of a guidance that described how applicants should submit responses to clinical holds so that they may be identified as complete responses and the agency can track the time to respond. After considering the comment received on that guidance, FDA issued a revised guidance in October 2000. In the Federal Register of April 21, 2003 (68 FR 19545), FDA published a notice requesting comment on this information collection. No comments were received pertaining to the information collection.

The revised guidance states that FDA will respond in writing within 30-calendar days of receipt of a sponsor's request to release a clinical hold and a complete response to the issue(s) that led to the clinical hold. An applicant's complete response to an IND clinical hold is a response in which all clinical hold issues identified in the clinical hold letter have been addressed.

The guidance requests that applicants type “Clinical Hold Complete Response” in large, bold letters at the top of the cover letter of the complete response to expedite review of the response. The guidance also requests that applicants submit the complete response letter in triplicate to the IND, and that they fax a copy of the cover letter to the FDA contact listed in the clinical hold letter who is responsible for the IND. The guidance requests more than an original and two copies of the cover letter in order to ensure that the submission is received and handled in a timely manner.

Based on data concerning the number of complete responses to clinical holds received by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in fiscal year 2001 and 2002, CDER estimates that approximately 41 responses are submitted annually from approximately 29 applicants, and that it takes approximately 284 hours to prepare and submit to CDER each response.

Based on data concerning the number of complete responses to clinical holds received by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) in fiscal year 2001 and 2002, CBER estimates that approximately 123 responses are submitted annually from approximately 78 applicants, and that it takes approximately 284 hours to Start Printed Page 43533prepare and submit to CBER each response.

Table 1.—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

Complete Responses to Clinical HoldsNumber of RespondentsNumber of Responses Per RespondentTotal Annual ResponsesHours Per ResponseTotal Hours
CDER29approximately 14128411,644
CBER781.5812328434,932
Total46,576
1 There are no capital cost or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: July 17, 2003.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 03-18691 Filed 7-22-03; 8:45 am]

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