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Antimicrobial Drug Development; Public Workshop

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public workshop.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop, cosponsored with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the International Society of Anti-Infective Pharmacology (ISAP), regarding clinical trial design of antimicrobial agents. The public workshop is intended to provide information for and gain perspectives from advocacy groups, interested health care providers, academia, and industry organizations on various aspects of antimicrobial drug development, including a discussion of microbiological surrogate endpoints in clinical trials to evaluate treatments of infectious diseases and issues regarding dose selection in the drug development process for antimicrobials. The input from this public workshop will help to develop topics for further exploration.

Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2004, and Friday, April 16, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: The public workshop will be held in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee conference room, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1066, Rockville, MD. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note there is very limited parking in the vicinity of 5630 Fishers Lane, but it is near the Twinbrook Metro station. Please bring picture identification in order to clear building security.

Contact Person: John Powers or Leo Chan, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-104), Food and Drug Administration, 9201 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850, 301-827-2350.

Registration: Because seating is limited, we are asking interested persons to register on a first-come, first-served basis. To register electronically, e-mail registration information (including name, title, organization, address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address) to antimicrobial@cder.fda.gov by April 7, 2004. Persons without access to the Internet may call 301-827-2350 to register. There is no registration fee for the public workshop. Space is limited; therefore, interested parties are encouraged to register early.

Persons needing a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations should notify the contact person at least 7 days in advance.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

FDA is announcing a public workshop, cosponsored with IDSA and ISAP, regarding antimicrobial drug development. This public workshop will focus on general considerations in designing clinical trials for antimicrobial products. Additional topics include the utility of microbiological surrogate endpoints in clinical trials to evaluate treatments of infectious diseases and issues regarding dose selection in the drug development process for antimicrobials.

The agency encourages individuals, patient advocates, industry, consumer groups, health care professionals, researchers, and other interested persons to attend this public workshop.

Transcripts: You may request a copy of the transcript in writing from the Freedom of Information Staff (HFI-35), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 12A-16, Rockville, MD 20857, approximately 20 working days after the public workshop at a cost of 10 cents per page. You may also examine the transcript Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Division of Dockets Management Public Reading Room, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852, and on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/​ohrms/​dockets/​dockets.htm.

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Dated: March 2, 2004.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 04-5191 Filed 3-8-04; 8:45 am]

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