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Draft Guidance for Industry on Format and Content of Proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), REMS Assessments, and Proposed REMS Modifications; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Format and Content of Proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), REMS Assessments, and Proposed REMS Modifications.” The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) added new provisions to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) giving FDA the authority to require REMS. The draft guidance describes the format and content of a proposed risk evaluation and mitigation strategy, including REMS supporting documentation, the content of assessments and proposed modifications of approved REMS, what identifiers to use on REMS documents, and how to communicate with FDA about a REMS.

DATES:

Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by December 30, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 2201,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; or the Office of Communication, Outreach, and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. The draft guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit written comments on the draft guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.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.regulations.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Regarding questions for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research: Kathleen Frost, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 4316, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-2380.

Regarding questions for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research: Stephen Ripley, 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 draft guidance for industry entitled “Format and Content of Proposed Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), REMS Assessments, and Proposed REMS Modifications.” On September 27, 2007, the President signed into law FDAAA (Public Law 110-85). Title IX, Subtitle A, section 901 of FDAAA created new section 505-1 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) (21 U.S.C. 355-1). Section 505-1(a) of the act authorizes FDA to require persons who submit certain applications or hold certain approved applications1 to submit a proposed REMS if FDA determines that a REMS is necessary to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks of the drug and informs the holder of the application for the drug of the determination. Sections 505-1(c) through (f) describe the content of a required strategy. Section 505-1(g) describes assessments and modifications of an approved strategy.

The draft guidance provides information regarding FDA's current thinking on the format and content that should be used for submissions of proposed REMS, including a description of REMS supporting documentation. It also includes preliminary information on the content of assessments and proposed modifications of approved REMS, information on identifiers that should be included on the first page of REMS submissions, and information on whom to contact to communicate with FDA about a REMS.

This draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on the format and content of proposed REMS, REMS assessments, and proposed REMS modifications. 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. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This guidance contains information collection provisions that 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 collection of information in the guidance was approved under OMB control numbers 0910-0001 and 0910-0338.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/​cder/​guidance/​index.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: September 25, 2009.

David Horowitz,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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Footnotes

1.  Section 505-1(b)(2) of the act (21 U.S.C. 355(p)(1)) provides that section 505-1 of the act applies to applications for prescription drugs approved under section 505(b) or (j) of the act and applications approved under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262). See Section 505(p)(1).

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