The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the opening of a public docket to make available to the public a report of the pediatric studies of meropenem that were conducted in accordance with section 409I of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) and submitted to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.
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Under section 409I of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 284m), the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) acting through the Director of the NIH, in consultation with FDA and experts in pediatric research, must develop, prioritize, and publish a list of priority needs in pediatric therapeutics, including drugs and indications that require study.
For drugs and indications on this list, FDA, acting in consultation with NIH, is authorized to issue a written request to holders of a new drug application (NDA) or abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a drug for which pediatric studies are needed to provide safety and efficacy information for pediatric labeling. If the sponsors receiving the written request decline to conduct the studies or if FDA does not receive a response to the written request within 30 days of the date the written request was issued, the Secretary, acting through the Director of NIH and in consultation with FDA, must publish a request for proposals to conduct the pediatric studies described in the written request and award funds to an entity with appropriate expertise for the conduct of the pediatric studies described in the written request. Upon completion of the pediatric studies, a study report that includes all data generated in connection with the studies must be submitted to FDA and NIH and placed in a public docket assigned by FDA.
Meropenem, an antibiotic medication, is labeled for pediatric patients from 3 months of age through adolescence as a single agent antimicrobial therapy for meningitis and complicated intra-abdominal infections, and is a recommended option for monotherapy of high severity complicated intra-abdominal infections in adults. Off-label use of meropenem in newborn and infant patients younger than 3 months of age is significant, despite the lack of adequate pharmacokinetic, dosing, tolerability, and safety data for this age group.
On August 13, 2003, NIH published a Federal Register notice (68 FR 48402) announcing the addition of several drugs, including meropenem, to the priority list of drugs most in need of study for use by children to ensure their safety and efficacy. A written request for pediatric studies of meropenem was issued on September 10, 2004, to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, the holder of the new drug application for meropenem. FDA did not receive a response to the written request. Accordingly, NIH issued a request for proposals to conduct the pediatric studies described in the written request on August 15, 2005, and awarded funds to Duke University on September 28, 2007, to complete the studies described in the written request. Upon completion of the pediatric studies, a report of the pediatric studies of meropenem was submitted to NIH and FDA. As required under section 409I of the PHS act, FDA opened a public docket and NIH placed in the docket the report of pediatric studies of meropenem that was submitted to NIH and FDA. The report includes all data generated in connection with the study, including the written request.
We invite interested parties to review the report and submit comments to the docket. The public docket is available for public review in the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dated: February 21, 2012.
Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2012-4426 Filed 2-24-12; 8:45 am]
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