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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Proposed Collection; 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 a proposed collection of information 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 November 1, 2006.

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ADDRESSES:

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: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-6974.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elizabeth Berbakos, Office of Management Programs (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 on 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 (21 U.S.C. 355(i)(3)(C)), 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.

FDA issued a revised guidance in October 2000 which 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 investigational new drug (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 2 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 2004 and 2005, CDER estimates that approximately 88 responses are submitted annually from approximately 67 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 2004 and 2005, CBER estimates that approximately 92 responses are submitted annually from approximately 60 applicants, and that it takes approximately 284 hours to prepare and submit to CBER each response.

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

Complete Responses to Clinical HoldsNo. of RespondentsNo. of Responses Per RespondentTotal Annual ResponsesHours Per ResponseTotal Hours
CDER67.768828424,992
CBER601.539228426,128
Total51,120
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

In the Federal Register of May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30142), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. No comments were received.

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Dated: September 26, 2006.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E6-16225 Filed 9-29-06; 8:45 am]

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