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Guidance for Industry: Clinical Data Needed to Support the Licensure of Pandemic Influenza Vaccines; 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 document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Clinical Data Needed to Support the Licensure of Pandemic Influenza Vaccines,” dated May 2007. The guidance document provides to sponsors of pandemic influenza vaccines guidance on clinical development approaches to facilitate and expedite the licensure of influenza vaccines for the prevention of disease caused by pandemic influenza viruses. The guidance provides recommendations concerning clinical data to support traditional license approval of a biologics license application (BLA), or a BLA using the accelerated approval pathway. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance of the same title dated March 2006.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on agency guidances at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Office of Communication, Training, and Manufacturers Assistance (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathleen E. Swisher, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-6210.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Clinical Data Needed to Support the Licensure of Pandemic Influenza Vaccines,” dated May 2007. This document is intended to provide sponsors of pandemic influenza vaccines guidance on clinical development approaches to facilitate and expedite the licensure of influenza vaccines where the intended indication is for active immunization in persons at high risk of exposure to, or during a pandemic caused by, pandemic influenza viruses. The approaches in this guidance apply to both nonadjuvanted and adjuvanted hemagglutinin-based pandemic vaccines, including “split virus,” subunit, and whole virus inactivated vaccines propagated in embryonated chicken eggs or cell-culture, and to recombinant hemagglutinin-based protein vaccines, and DNA vaccines that express hemagglutinin. Also addressed are live attenuated influenza vaccines.

In the Federal Register of March 10, 2006 (71 FR 12366), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance of the same title dated March 2006. FDA received several comments on the draft guidance. FDA considered those comments when finalizing the guidance. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance dated March 2006.

In the March 2006 draft guidance, FDA stated that clinical trial data could be submitted as a clinical efficacy supplement to an original BLA when the manufacturer has a U.S.-licensed trivalent inactivated or live attenuated influenza vaccine. After reviewing comments on the draft guidance and considering the matter further, we Start Printed Page 30600revised our recommendations in the final guidance. All submissions for the initial licensure of a pandemic influenza vaccine should be submitted as BLAs, which will provide for a trade name and labeling specific to the pandemic vaccine. For sponsors with existing licensed seasonal inactivated or live attenuated influenza vaccines who intend to file a BLA for a pandemic influenza vaccine that utilizes the same manufacturing process, we would expect that the BLA would reference the original BLA, including the nonclinical and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls data in their original BLA. Manufacturers that do not have existing licensed influenza vaccines, or that do, but are seeking to license a pandemic influenza vaccine utilizing a different manufacturing process, may seek accelerated approval according to the provisions of 21 CFR 601.41.

The guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents FDA's current thinking on this topic. 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. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR part 601 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0338 and in 21 CFR part 312 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0014.

III. Comments

Interested persons may, at any time, submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding the guidance. 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. A copy of the guidance and received comments are available for public examination in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

IV. Electronic Access

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

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Dated: May 17, 2007.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E7-10499 Filed 5-31-07; 8:45 am]

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