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Draft Guidance for Industry on Residual Solvents in Animal Drug Products; Questions and Answers; Availability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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry #211 entitled “Residual Solvents in Animal Drug Products; Questions and Answers.” The draft questions and answers (Q&A) guidance addresses the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <467> Residual Solvents that applies to both human and veterinary drugs and to compendial and non-compendial drug products. This document answers questions regarding CVM's implementation of USP <467> Residual Solvents.

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comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by February 1, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Communications Staff (HFV-12), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sudesh Kamath, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-145), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-8260, e-mail: sudesh.kamath@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On July 1, 2008, the USP implemented a requirement for the control of residual solvents in drug products marketed in the United States. Once implemented, the requirement, USP General Chapter <467> Residual Solvents, became a statutory requirement under section 501(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 351(b)).

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry #211 entitled “Residual Solvents in Animal Start Printed Page 75483Drug Products; Questions and Answers.” This document answers questions regarding CVM's implementation of USP <467> Residual Solvents.

II. Significance of Guidance

This level 1 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 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.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This draft 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 collections of information in this guidance have been approved under OMB control nos. 0910-0032 and 0910-0669.

IV. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written comments regarding this document. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. It is no longer necessary to send two copies of mailed comments. Identify comments 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.

V. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/​AnimalVeterinary/​GuidanceComplianceEnforcement/​GuidanceforIndustry/​default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: November 12, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2010-30387 Filed 12-2-10; 8:45 am]

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