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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Data To Support Communications To Educate Consumers on How To Safely Purchase Drugs Online

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on a generic clearance on “Data to Support Communications to Educate Consumers on How to Safely Purchase Drugs Online.” This data collection will obtain baseline knowledge of the Internet users' knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to online pharmacies, and then will collect ongoing data for tracking changes in knowledge, attitudes, and practices as a Start Printed Page 40921function of an integrated public outreach campaign FDA will roll out to educate consumers on how to safely purchase drugs online.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by September 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elizabeth Berbakos, Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., P150-400B, 301-796-3792, Elizabeth.Berbakos@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal Agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes Agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal Agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Data To Support Communications To Educate Consumers on How To Safely Purchase Drugs Online—(OMB Control Number 0910—New)

FDA has planned an integrated public outreach campaign to improve the safe use of online pharmacies for drug purchases. In order to effectively evaluate this campaign, FDA must understand individuals' knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to online pharmacies both at the start of the campaign and on an ongoing basis. This will enable FDA to gauge progress toward educating the public on safely purchasing from online pharmacies. An online survey panel will be employed to collect this information, which serves the need for direct and quantitative measurement of our target population, and which, as a quantitative research tool has some major benefits:

  • To focus on our target population of adults who use the Internet.
  • To collect data quickly and efficiently with minimal cost to the government.
  • To reduce burden to the public by providing a means to complete the survey at a time and place of their choosing.

FDA will use online data collection to establish a baseline and evaluate the success of its messages and distribution methods for its outreach campaign, which educates consumers about how to safely purchase drugs online. Additionally, FDA will use this method to help tailor messages and communications vehicles to have both a more powerful and desired impact on target audiences. The data will not be used for the purposes of making policy or regulatory decisions.

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

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

ActivityNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
Survey Study5,00015,000.33 (20 min.)1,650
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

Annually, FDA projects one survey study. FDA is requesting this data collection burden so as not to restrict the Agency's ability to gather information on public sentiment for its proposals in its regulatory and communications programs.

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Dated: July 6, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2011-17415 Filed 7-11-11; 8:45 am]

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