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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; the Drug Accountability Record

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: The Drug Accountability Record. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision. Need and Use of Information Collection: FDA regulations require investigators: To maintain adequate records of the disposition of all investigational drugs received from the sponsor; to prepare and maintain adequate case histories of treated patients and controls; and to furnish reports to the drug sponsor who is responsible for evaluating the results of the investigation. Similarly, 21 CFR 312.1 includes requirements for sponsors to maintain adequate records on the shipment of drugs to investigators; to make individual patient records available to the FDA for inspection; and to submit accurate progress reports of the drug investigation to the FDA. The NCI, as an IND sponsor has developed the “Drug Accountability Record” form (DARF: NIH 2564) to help investigators using NCI sponsored drugs under NCI protocols to meet FDA requirements. Frequency of Response: Daily. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; State, local or tribal government. Type of Respondents: Pharmacists, nurses and investigators or their designee at medical institutions to keep track of the dispensing of investigational anticancer drugs to patients use the information entered onto the DARF. NCI uses the data from the DARF to ensure compliance with NCI's responsibilities as an IND sponsor. NCI Management request copies of the DARF at any time for audit and review and DARFs are reviewed at least once every 3 years during site audits. The information contained in the DARF is compared to PMB-IMS Inventory Module histories for each investigator and clinical site to ensure no diversion of investigational drug supplies to inappropriate protocol or patient use. The accountability information is also compared to patient flow sheets (protocol reporting forms) during site visits conducted for each investigator. All comparisons are completed with the intention of ensuring protocol integrity, patient safety, and compliance with FDA regulations. Record keeping of drug accountability information in a standard format is required to allow an investigator to receive, and continue to receive NCI-sponsored drugs. This information is reviewed at the time of site visit audits, which currently occur at least once every 3 years. The IND sponsor may also request the DARF at any time. This requirement is an essential part of investigational agent accountability process and motivates the investigator to maintain accurate, appropriate records. The record keeping retention period is specified by FDA regulation, and the NCI does not deviate from that requirement. As noted above, the FDA requires IND sponsors to maintain adequate records on the shipment and disposition of drugs to investigators. Permitting intra-institutional transfer of drugs to other NCI sponsored protocols and other approved investigators necessitates that NCI be notified of these transfers. It is for this purpose and use that the Transfer of Investigational Drug form (TID: NIH 2564-1) was developed. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,371; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8; Average Burden Hours Per Response: 0.67; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 3,378. The annualized respondent's burden for record keeping is estimated to require 3,298 hours for the DARF and 80 hours for the TID form. The annualized cost to the respondents is estimated at $84,450.00. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.Start Printed Page 15348

A.12-1 Estimates of Hour Burden

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per responseAnnual hour burden
Drug Accountability Form
Investigators, or Designees6,17180.0668 hours3,298
Drug Transfer Form
Investigators and/or their Designees1,20010.066880
Total Annual Hours for Investigators and/or their Designees3,378

Estimate of Other Total Annual Cost Burden To Respondents or Record keepers: None.

Annualized Cost to the Federal Government: The annualized cost to the Federal government for printing is estimated at $4,000. The annualized cost to the Federal government for distributing the forms is estimated at $2,000.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency'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 collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Charles, Hall, R.PH., M.S., Chief, Pharmaceutical Management Branch, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, National Cancer Institute, Executive Plaza North, Room 7149, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20891. Or call non-toll-free number 301-496-5725 or e-mail your request, include your address to

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: March 18, 2004.

Rachelle Ragland-Greene,

Project Clearance Liaison, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 04-6733 Filed 3-24-04; 8:45 am]