Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of additional draft and revised draft product-specific bioequivalence (BE) recommendations. The recommendations provide product-specific guidance on the design of BE studies to support abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). In the Federal Register of May 31, 2007, FDA announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Bioequivalence Recommendations for Specific Products” explaining the process that would be used to make product-specific BE recommendations available to the public on FDA's Web site. The BE recommendations identified in this notice were developed using the process described in that guidance. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA is announcing the availability of final product-specific BE recommendations.
Submit written or electronic comments on the draft and revised draft product-specific BE recommendations listed in this notice by September 8, 2009.
Submit written requests for single copies of the individual BE guidances to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit written comments on the draft product-specific BE recommendations 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.regulations.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the recommendations.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Doan T. Nguyen, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-600), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-9314.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In the Federal Register of May 31, 2007 (72 FR 30388), FDA announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Bioequivalence Recommendations for Specific Products” that explained the process that would be used to make product-specific BE recommendations available to the public on FDA's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/bioequivalence/default.htm. As described in that draft guidance, FDA adopted this process as a means to develop and disseminate product-specific BE recommendations and provide a meaningful opportunity for Start Printed Page 27147the public to consider and comment on those recommendations. Under that process, draft recommendations are posted on FDA's Web site and announced periodically in the Federal Register. The public is encouraged to submit comments on those recommendations within 90 days of their announcement in the Federal Register. FDA considers any comments received and either publishes final recommendations, or publishes revised draft recommendations for comment. Recommendations were last announced in the Federal Register of September 5, 2008 (73 FR 51829). This notice announces draft product-specific recommendations, either new or revised, that have been posted on FDA's Web site in the period from May 1, 2008, through October 31, 2008. Final product-specific recommendations are being announced elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
II. Drug Products for Which Draft Product-Specific BE Recommendations Are Available
FDA is announcing draft BE product-specific recommendations for drug products containing the following active ingredients:
Amlodipine Besylate; Olmesartan Medoxomil
Amlodipine Besylate; Valsartan
Bismuth Subcitrate Potassium; Metronidazole; Tetracycline HCl
Citalopram HBr (multiple dosage forms)
Desogestrel; Ethinyl Estradiol
Disopyramide Phosphate (multiple dosage forms)
Efavirenz; Emtricitabine; Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
Ethinyl Estradiol; Levonorgestrel
Ethinyl Estradiol; Norethindrone Acetate (multiple reference listed drugs (RLDs))
Fenofibrate (multiple dosage forms)
Ibuprofen (multiple dosage forms)
Naproxen Sodium (multiple RLDs)
Omeprazole; Sodium Bicarbonate
Prednisolone Sodium Phosphate
Sitagliptin Phosphate; Metformin HCl
III. Drug Products for Which Revised Draft Product-Specific BE Recommendations Are Available
FDA is announcing revised draft BE product-specific recommendations for drug products containing the following active ingredients. These recommendations were previously posted on FDA's Web site.
Candesartan Cilexetil; Hydrochlorothiazide
Carbidopa; Entacapone; Levodopa
Fexofenadine HCl (multiple dosage forms)
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For a complete history of previously published Federal Register notices, please go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter docket number FDA-2007-D-0369.
These guidances are being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidances represent the agency's current thinking on product-specific design of BE studies to support ANDAs. They do not create or confer any rights for or on any person and do 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.
Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments on any of the specific BE recommendations posted on FDA's Web site. 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. The guidance, notices, and received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Dated: May 27, 2009.
Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.
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