The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing this notice to provide applicants who are no longer seeking approval of their pending original abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) with an opportunity to withdraw them as soon as possible to avoid paying a fee. The fee in question is a one-time backlog fee that was established through enactment of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA). It will apply to any original ANDA that is pending (neither withdrawn nor tentatively approved) at FDA on October 1, 2012. This notice is intended to allow applicants to decide which ANDAs they do not wish to pursue and by timely notice of withdrawal avoid paying the new backlog fee on such applications.
Under GDUFA, to avoid incurring the backlog fee, an ANDA applicant covered by this notice must submit written notification to FDA so that it is received by September 28, 2012. However, to expedite this process, applicants are encouraged to submit their written notification by September 15, 2012.
Applicants should submit written notification of the request for withdrawal by standard application submission methods. If an application was submitted by the FDA electronic gateway, a request for withdrawal should be submitted to the application by the gateway. In addition, a copy of the electronic notification of withdrawal should be emailed to OGDGDUFA@fda.hhs.gov. Alternatively, the applicant should send written notification to the ANDA archival file at the following address: Office of Generic Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Document Control Room, Metro Park North VII, 7620 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Thomas Hinchliffe, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-617), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-9310, OGDGDUFA@fda.hhs.gov.
I. Establishment of the Backlog Fee
On July 9, 2012, GDUFA (Pub. L. 112-144, Title III) was signed into law by the President. Designed to speed delivery of safe and effective generic drugs to the public and reduce costs to industry, GDUFA requires that generic drug manufacturers pay user fees to finance critical and measurable program enhancements. The new law includes a provision to assess user fees for any original ANDA that is pending on October 1, 2012, that has not been tentatively approved. Collection of fees for applications in the backlog will provide the Agency with necessary funding to reduce the backlog and prepare to meet the ANDA review performance goals established by GDUFA. Specifically, in the Commitment Letter that accompanies the law, FDA committed to review and act on 90 percent of all ANDAs pending on October 1, 2012, by the end of fiscal year 2017.
II. Backlog Fee Calculations for FY 2013
FDA will set the backlog fee rates for FY 2013 to generate a total of $50,000,000. Therefore, to determine the fee for a pending original ANDA, we will divide $50,000,000 by the number of original ANDAs that are pending on October 1, 2012, and have not been tentatively approved as of that date.
We have estimated that absent withdrawals there could be 3,000 pending original ANDAs on October 1, 2012. Some currently pending original ANDAs are old and incomplete, and FDA anticipates that applicants will withdraw many of them before October 1, 2012, to avoid incurring the backlog fee. If 2,000 original ANDAs were to remain, the backlog fee per ANDA would be $25,000. However, this is only an estimate; the final fee, which will be published along with payment instructions in a notice in the Federal Register by October 31, 2012, could be higher or lower.
III. Due Date and Penalty To Pay Backlog Fees
Payment of backlog fees will be due no later than 30 calendar days after publication in the Federal Register of a notice (to be issued by October 31, 2012) announcing the amount of the backlog fee. Applicants with original ANDAs that fail to pay the backlog fee by the due date will be placed on a publicly available arrears list, and FDA will not receive new ANDAs or supplements submitted by those applicants, or any affiliates 
of those applicants, within the meaning of 505(j)(5)(A) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, until the outstanding fee is paid.
The fee is an obligation to the U.S. Government, and failure to pay the fee may result in collection activities by the Government under applicable laws.
Dated: August 17, 2012.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2012-20947 Filed 8-22-12; 11:15 am]
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