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Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.



This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

Name of Committee: Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee.

General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and recommendations to the agency on FDA's regulatory issues.

Date and Time: The meeting will be held on March 22, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This meeting is a reschedule of a postponed meeting originally announced in the Federal Register of December 17, 2009 (74 FR 66986) to take place on February 10, 2010.

Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, The Ballrooms, 620 Perry Pkwy., Gaithersburg, MD. The hotel telephone number is 301-977-8900.

Contact Person: Nicole Vesely, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-21), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane (for express delivery, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1093), Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6793, FAX: 301-827-6776, e-mail:, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512542. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

Agenda: During the morning session of March 22, 2010, the committee will discuss new drug application (NDA) 022-481, proposed trade name PIXUVRI (pixantrone dimaleate) injection, by Cell Therapeutics, Inc. The proposed indication (use) for this product is as a single agent treatment for patients with recurring or refractory (difficult to treat), aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma who have received two or more prior lines of therapy.

During the afternoon session, the committee will discuss NDA 022-374, proposed trade name OMAPRO (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for injection, by ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals. The proposed indication (use) for this product is for the treatment of adults with chronic myeloid leukemia bearing a genetic alteration known as the Bcr-Abl T315I mutation, and who have failed prior therapy with the drug imatinib.

Due to the postponement of the February 10, 2010, Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting because of severe weather conditions and the urgency to reschedule this meeting, FDA regrets that it was unable to publish this notice 15 days prior to the March 22, 2010, Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting. Because the agency believes there is some urgency to bring these issues to public discussion and qualified members of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee were available at this time, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs concluded that it was in the public interest to hold this meeting even if there was not sufficient time for the customary 15-day public notice.

Background materials from the originally scheduled February 10, 2010, Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meeting are currently available at​AdvisoryCommittees/​Calendar/​default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link. Should any additional background materials become available, they will be posted 2 days before the March 22, 2010, meeting at this same Web site.

Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before March 17, 2010. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before March 12, 2010. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to Start Printed Page 9420speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by March 15, 2010.

Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Nicole Vesely at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at​AdvisoryCommittees/​AboutAdvisoryCommittees/​ucm111462.htm for procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

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Dated: February 24, 2010.

Joanne Less,

Acting Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2010-4261 Filed 3-1-10; 8:45 am]