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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Food and Drug Administration Public Health Notification Readership Survey (Formerly Known as “Safety Alert/Public Health Advisory Readership Survey”)

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




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.


Fax written comments on the collection of information by December 2, 2009.


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, or e-mailed to All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0341. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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Denver Presley, Jr., Office of Information Management (HFA-710), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-3793.

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In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

FDA Public Health Notification Readership Survey (formerly known as Safety Alert/Public Health Advisory Readership Survey) (PHS Act, Section 1701(a)(4)); (OMB Control Number 0910-0341—Extension)

Section 705(b) of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (the act) (21 U.S.C. 375(b)) authorizes FDA to disseminate information concerning imminent danger to public health by any regulated product. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), communicates these risks to user communities through two publications: (1) The Public Health Notification (PHN) and (2) the Preliminary Public Health Notification (PPHN). The PHN is published when CDRH has information or a message to convey to health care practitioners that they would want to know in order to make informed clinical decisions about the use of a device or device type, and that information may not be readily available to the affected target audience in the health care community. CDRH can make recommendations that will help the health care practitioner mitigate or avoid the risk.

The PPHN is also published when CDRH has information to convey to health care practitioners that they would want to know in order to make informed clinical decisions about the use of a device or device type. However, two additional conditions exist that make the use of this type of notification preferable: (1) CDRH's understanding of the problem, its cause(s), and the scope of the risk that is still evolving, so that in order to minimize the risk, the center believes that health care practitioners needs the information they can provide, however incomplete, as soon as possible and (2) the problem is actively being investigated by the center, private industry, another agency or some other reliable entity, so that the center expects to be able to update the PPHN when definitive new information becomes available. Notifications are sent to organizations affected by risks discussed in the notification, such as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, home health care agencies, retail pharmacies, and other health care providers. Through a process for identifying and addressing postmarket safety issues related to Start Printed Page 56643regulated products, CDRH determines when to publish notifications.

Section 1701(a)(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300u(a)(4)), authorizes FDA to conduct research relating to health information. FDA seeks to evaluate the clarity, timeliness, and impact of safety alerts and public health advisories by surveying a sample of recipients. Subjects will receive a questionnaire to be completed and returned to FDA. The information to be collected will address how clearly notifications for reducing risks are explained, the timeliness of the information, and whether the reader has taken any action to eliminate or reduce risk as a result of the information in the alert. Subjects will also be asked whether they wish to receive future notifications electronically, as well as how the PHN program might be improved.

The information collected will be used to shape FDA's editorial policy for the PHN and PPHN. Understanding how target audiences view these publications will aid in deciding what changes should be considered in their content and format, and method of dissemination.

In the Federal Register of August 24, 2009 (74 FR 42674), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. No comments were received.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Table 1.—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

PHS ActNo. of RespondentsAnnual Frequency per ResponseTotal Annual ResponsesHours per ResponseTotal Hours
Section 1701(a)(4)3083924.17157
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

Based on the history of the PHN program, it is estimated that an average of three collections will be conducted a year. The total burden of response time is estimated at 10 minutes per survey. This was derived by CDRH staff completing the survey and through discussions with the contacts in trade organizations.

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Dated: October 19, 2009.

David Horowitz,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E9-26307 Filed 10-30-09; 8:45 am]