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Guidance for Industry and Review Staff on Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products-Determining Established Pharmacologic Class for Use in the Highlights of Prescribing 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 for industry and review staff entitled “Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products—Determining Established Pharmacologic Class for Use in the Highlights of Prescribing Information.” This guidance is intended to provide applicants and review staff with a definition of established pharmacologic class and to help them identify the most appropriate word (term) or phrase that describes the established pharmacologic class for a drug or biological product for inclusion in the Indications and Usage section of Highlights of Prescribing Information (Highlights) of approved labeling. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2007.

DATES:

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

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of this 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, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that 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. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. 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. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Laurie B. Burke, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, rm. 6462, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-0136; or

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 guidance for industry and review staff entitled “Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products—determining Established Pharmacologic Class for Use in the Highlights of Prescribing Information.” This guidance is intended to provide applicants and review staff with a definition of established pharmacologic class and to help them identify the most appropriate word (term) or phrase that describes the established pharmacologic class for a drug or biological product for inclusion in the Indications and Usage section of Highlights of approved labeling, as required under 21 CFR 201.57(a)(6).

In January 2006, FDA published a final rule that amended the requirements for the content and format of labeling for human prescription drug and biological products.1

The new labeling format is intended to make it easier for health care professionals to access, read, and use the information in prescription drug labeling, thereby facilitating professionals' use of labeling to make prescribing decisions.

The rule requires that the following statement appear under the Indications and Usage section of Highlights if a drug is a member of an established pharmacologic class:2

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“(Drug) is a (name of class) indicated for (indication(s)).”

If the drug is not a member of an established pharmacologic class, the name of class component of this statement should be omitted.

Knowing the established pharmacologic class can provide health care professionals with important information about what to expect from a drug and how it relates to other therapeutic options. Such information can also help reduce the risk of duplicative therapy and drug interactions. This guidance provides recommendations for identifying the established pharmacologic class and its appropriate term for inclusion in the Indications and Usage section of Highlights.

A draft version of this guidance was made available for public comment in 2007 (72 FR 27576, May 16, 2007). All of the public comments we received have been considered and the guidance has been revised as appropriate.

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 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. The 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 information collection associated with the final rule entitled “Requirements on Content and Format of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products” is approved by OMB under Control Number 0910-0572. The submission of prior-approval labeling supplements, as described in section VI of the guidance, is approved by OMB under Control Numbers 0910-0001 and 0910-0338.

III. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) electronic or written comments regarding this document. Submit a single copy of electronic Start Printed Page 53508comments 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.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at http://www.fda.gov/​Drugs/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​Guidances/​default.htm, http://www.fda.gov/​BiologicsBloodVaccines/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​Guidances/​default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: October 13, 2009.

David Horowitz,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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Footnotes

1.  See “Requirements on Content and Format of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products” (71 FR 3922, January 24, 2006; 21 CFR parts 201, 314, 601).

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2.  See § 201.57(a)(6).

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[FR Doc. E9-24991 Filed 10-16-09; 8:45 am]

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