Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the regulatory review period for PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY and is publishing this notice of that determination as required by law. FDA has made the determination because of the submission of an application to the Director of Patents and Trademarks, Department of Commerce, for the extension of a patent which claims that medical device.
Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written petitions (two copies are required) and written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit petitions electronically to http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FDA-2013-S-0610.
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Beverly Friedman, Office of Management, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6257, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-7900.
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The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-417) and the Generic Animal Drug and Patent Term Restoration Act (Pub. L. 100-670) generally provide that a patent may be extended for a period of up to 5 years so long as the patented item (human drug product, animal drug product, medical device, food additive, or color additive) was subject to regulatory review by FDA before the item was marketed. Under these acts, a product's regulatory review period forms the basis for determining the amount of extension an applicant may receive.
A regulatory review period consists of two periods of time: A testing phase and an approval phase. For medical devices, the testing phase begins with a clinical investigation of the device and runs until the approval phase begins. The approval phase starts with the initial submission of an application to market the device and continues until permission to market the device is granted. Although only a portion of a regulatory review period may count toward the actual amount of extension that the Director of Patents and Trademarks may award (half the testing phase must be subtracted as well as any time that may have occurred before the patent was issued), FDA's determination of the length of a regulatory review period for a medical device will include all of the testing phase and approval phase as specified in 35 U.S.C. 156(g)(3)(B).
FDA has approved for marketing the medical device, PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY. PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY is an in vitro nucleic acid amplification test. The assay measures the concentration of prostate cancer gene 3 (PCA3) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules and calculates the ratio of PCA3 RNA molecules to PSA RNA molecules (PCA3 Score) in post-digital rectal exam first catch male urine specimens. The PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY is indicated for use in conjunction with other patient information to aid in the decision for repeat biopsy in men 50 years of age or older who have had one or more previous negative prostate biopsies and for whom a repeat biopsy would be Start Printed Page 31120recommended by a urologist based on current standard of care, before consideration of PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY results. A PCA3 score <25 is associated with a decreased likelihood of a positive biopsy. Prostatic biopsy is required for diagnosis of cancer. Subsequent to this approval, the Patent and Trademark Office received a patent term restoration application for PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY (U.S. Patent No. 7,008,765) from The Johns Hopkins University & The Stichting Katholieke Universiteit, The University Medical Centre Nijmegen, and the Patent and Trademark Office requested FDA's assistance in determining this patent's eligibility for patent term restoration. In a letter dated February 1, 2013, FDA advised the Patent and Trademark Office that this medical device had undergone a regulatory review period and that the approval of PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY represented the first permitted commercial marketing or use of the product. Thereafter, the Patent and Trademark Office requested that the FDA determine the product's regulatory review period.
FDA has determined that the applicable regulatory review period for PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY is 936 days. Of this time, 383 days occurred during the testing phase of the regulatory review period, while 553 days occurred during the approval phase. These periods of time were derived from the following dates:
1. The date an exemption under section 520(g) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360j(g)) involving this device became effective or if an exemption is not required, the date an institutional review board under section 520(g)(3) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360j(g)(3)) approved the clinical investigation of the device in humans: July 24, 2009. FDA has confirmed the applicant's claim that no investigational device exemption (IDE) was required under section 520(g) of the FD&C Act for human tests to begin. Institutional review board (IRB) approval was required under section 520(g)(3) of the FD&C Act and became effective on July 24, 2009.
2. The date an application was initially submitted with respect to the device under section 515 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360e): August 10, 2010. FDA has verified the applicant's claim that the premarket approval application (PMA) for PROGENSA PCA3 ASSAY (PMA 100033) was initially submitted August 10, 2010.
3. The date the application was approved: February 13, 2012. FDA has verified the applicant's claim that PMA P100033 was approved on February 13, 2012.
This determination of the regulatory review period establishes the maximum potential length of a patent extension. However, the Patent and Trademark Office applies several statutory limitations in its calculations of the actual period for patent extension. In its application for patent extension, this applicant seeks 745 days of patent term extension.
Anyone with knowledge that any of the dates as published are incorrect may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written comments and ask for a redetermination by July 29, 2014. Furthermore, any interested person may petition FDA for a determination regarding whether the applicant for extension acted with due diligence during the regulatory review period by November 26, 2014. To meet its burden, the petition must contain sufficient facts to merit an FDA investigation. (See H. Rept. 857, part 1, 98th Cong., 2d sess., pp. 41-42, 1984.) Petitions should be in the format specified in 21 CFR 10.30.
Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) electronic or written comments and written or electronic petitions. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. If you submit a written petition, two copies are required. A petition submitted electronically must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov, Docket No. FDA-2013-S-0610. Comments and petitions that have not been made publicly available on http://www.regulations.gov may be viewed in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Dated: May 27, 2014.
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
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