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Guidance on Useful Written Consumer Medication Information; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance entitled “Useful Written Consumer Medication Information (CMI).” CMI is written information developed for consumers about prescription drugs that is distributed to consumers when they have prescriptions filled. The guidance discusses general issues and makes recommendations on the content of useful written CMI.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on agency guidance at any time

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of this guidance to the Division of Drug Information (HFD-240), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, or the Office of Communication, Training and Manufacturers Assistance (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. The guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the offices in processing your request. Submit written comments on the guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/​dockets/​ecomments. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul Seligman, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-001), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-443-5620.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance entitled “Useful Written Consumer Medication Information (CMI).” This guidance is intended to assist individuals or organizations (e.g., pharmacies, private vendors, healthcare associations) in developing useful written consumer medication information to comply with Public Law 104-180. CMI is written information about prescription drugs developed by organizations or individuals, other than a drug's manufacturer, that is intended for distribution to consumers at the time of dispensing. Since neither FDA nor the drug's manufacturer reviews or approves CMI, FDA recommends that the developers of written medication information use the factors discussed in this guidance to help ensure that their CMI is useful to consumers.

In the Federal Register of May 26, 2005 (70 FR 30467) (the May 2005 guidance), FDA announced the availability of a draft version of this guidance. The May 2005 guidance gave interested persons an opportunity to submit comments through July 25, 2005. All comments received during the comment period have been carefully reviewed and incorporated in this revised guidance where appropriate. As a result of the public comment, we hope that the guidance is clearer and more concise than the draft version.

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 useful written CMI. 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.

II. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this document. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/​cder/​guidance/​index.htm, http://www.fda.gov/​cber/​guidelines.htm, or http://www.fda.gov/​ohrms/​dockets/​default.htm.

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Dated: July 10, 2006.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E6-11329 Filed 7-17-06; 8:45 am]

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