Product-Specific Bioequivalence Recommendations; Draft and Revised Draft Guidances for Industry; Availability, 4913-4914 [2016-01682]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 18 (Thursday, January 28, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4913-4914]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01682]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2007-D-0369]


Product-Specific Bioequivalence Recommendations; Draft and 
Revised Draft Guidances for Industry; Availability

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing 
the availability of additional draft and revised draft product-specific 
bioequivalence (BE) recommendations. The recommendations provide 
product-specific guidance on the design of BE studies to support 
abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). In the Federal Register of 
June 11, 2010, FDA announced the availability of a guidance for 
industry entitled ``Bioequivalence Recommendations for Specific 
Products'' that explained the process that would be used to make 
product-specific BE recommendations available to the public on FDA's 
Web site. The BE recommendations identified in this notice were 
developed using the process described in that guidance.

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draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the 
guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft 
guidance by March 28, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted 
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made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment 
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else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, 
such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your 
name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in 
the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.
     If you want to submit a comment with confidential 
information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, 
submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner 
detailed (see ``Written/Paper Submissions'' and ``Instructions'').

Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:
     Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper 
submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug 
Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
     For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of 
Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any 
attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, 
as confidential, if submitted as detailed in ``Instructions.''
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. 
FDA-2007-D-0369 for ``Product-Specific Bioequivalence Recommendations; 
Draft and Revised Draft Guidances for Industry.'' Received comments 
will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as 
``Confidential Submissions,'' publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 
a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
     Confidential Submissions: To submit a comment with 
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available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You 
should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information 
you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states 
``THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.'' The Agency will 
review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in 
its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the 
claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be 
available for public viewing and posted on http://www.regulations.gov. 
Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. If you do not 
wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, 
you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body 
of your comments and you must identify this information as 
``confidential.'' Any information marked as ``confidential'' will not 
be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other 
applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of 
comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or 
access the information at: http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/dockets/default.htm.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in 
the heading of this document, into the ``Search'' box and follow the 
prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers 
Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to 
the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and 
Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10001 New Hampshire Ave., 
Hillandale Building, 4th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Xiaoqiu Tang, Center for Drug 
Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New 
Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 75, Rm. 4730, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-
796-5850.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    In the Federal Register of June 11, 2010 (75 FR 33311), FDA 
announced the availability of a guidance for industry entitled 
``Bioequivalence Recommendations for Specific Products'' that explained 
the process that would be used to make product-specific BE 
recommendations available to the public on FDA's Web site at http://
www.fda.gov/Drugs/Guidance

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ComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm.
    As described in that guidance, FDA adopted this process as a means 
to develop and disseminate product-specific BE recommendations and 
provide a meaningful opportunity for the public to consider and comment 
on those recommendations. Under that process, draft recommendations are 
posted on FDA's Web site and announced periodically in the Federal 
Register. The public is encouraged to submit comments on those 
recommendations within 60 days of their announcement in the Federal 
Register. FDA considers any comments received and either publishes 
final recommendations or publishes revised draft recommendations for 
comment. Recommendations were last announced in the Federal Register on 
September 21, 2015 (80 FR 57000). This notice announces draft product-
specific recommendations, either new or revised, that are posted on 
FDA's Web site.

II. Drug Products for Which New Draft Product-Specific BE 
Recommendations are Available

    FDA is announcing the availability of new draft guidances for 
industry on product-specific BE recommendations for drug products 
containing the following active ingredients:

Table 1--New Draft Product-Specific BE Recommendations for Drug Products
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Alprostadil.
Atazanavir sulfate; cobicistat.
Beclomethasone dipropionate.
Betamethasone dipropionate.
Betamethasone valerate.
Betaxolol hydrochloride.
Ciclesonide.
Clobetasol propionate.
Desonide (multiple reference listed drugs).
Diflorasone diacetate (multiple reference listed drugs).
Difluprednate emulsion.
Elvitegravir.
Erythromycin.
Ethinyl estradiol; norethindrone acetate.
Flurandrenolide.
Formoterol fumarate; mometasone furoate.
Ingenol mebutate (multiple strengths).
Mercaptopurine.
Methylphenidate hydrocholoride.
Metronidazole.
Mometasone furoate.
Naftifine hydrochloride (multiple reference listed drugs).
Nicotine.
Olanzapine pamoate.
Omega-3-carboxylic acids.
Prednisone.
Ranitidine hydrochloride.
Riociguat.
Spinosad.
Trametinib dimethyl sulfoxide.
Vorapaxar sulfate.
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III. Drug Products for Which Revised Draft Product-Specific BE 
Recommendations are Available

    FDA is announcing the availability of a revised draft guidance for 
industry on product-specific BE recommendations for drug products 
containing the following active ingredients:

   Table 2--Revised Draft Product-Specific BE Recommendations for Drug
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Abiraterone acetate.
Amphotericin B.
Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride; hydrocortisone.
Colesevelam hydrochloride.
Drospirenone; estradiol.
Guanfacine hydrochloride.
Lidocaine.
Lomitapide mesylate.
Methylphenidate hydrochloride.
Phytonadione.
Rivastigmine tartrate.
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    For a complete history of previously published Federal Register 
notices related to product-specific BE recommendations, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Docket No. FDA-2007-D-0369.
    These draft guidances are being issued consistent with FDA's good 
guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). These draft guidances, 
when finalized, will represent the current thinking of FDA on the 
product-specific design of BE studies to support ANDAs. They do not 
establish any rights for any person and are not binding on FDA or the 
public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the 
requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft guidance 
at either http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: January 22, 2016.
Leslie Kux,
Associate Commissioner for Policy.
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