Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; The National Diabetes Education Program Comprehensive Evaluation Plan
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approval of the information listed below. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2008, pages 52052-52053 and allowed 60 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health received one comment that was determined to be not relevant to the specific questions stated in the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, the collection of information that has been extended, revised, or implemented unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Proposed Collection: Title: The National Diabetes Educations Program Comprehensive Evaluation Plan. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection (0925- 0552). Need and Use of Information Collection: The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 200 public and private organizations. The long-term goals of the NDEP are to improve the treatment and health outcomes of people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and, ultimately, to prevent the onset of diabetes. The NDEP objectives are: (1) To increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors, and strategies for preventing diabetes and its complications among people at risk for diabetes; (2) to improve understanding about diabetes and its control and to promote better self-management behaviors among people with diabetes; (3) to improve health care providers' understanding of diabetes and its control and to promote an integrated approach to care; (4) to promote health care policies that improve the quality of and access to diabetes care. Multiple strategies have been devised to address the NDEP objectives. These have been described in the NDEP Strategic Plan and include: (1) Creating partnerships with other organizations concerned about diabetes; (2) developing and implementing awareness and education activities with special emphasis on reaching the racial and ethnic populations disproportionately affected by diabetes; (3) identifying, developing, and disseminating educational tools and resources for the program's diverse audiences; (4) promoting policies and activities to improve the quality of and access to diabetes care. The NDEP evaluation will document the extent to which the NDEP program has been implemented, and how successful it has been in meeting program objectives. The evaluation relies heavily on data gathered from existing national surveys such as National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), among others for this information. This generic clearance request is for the collection of additional primary data from NDEP target audiences on some key process and impact measures that are necessary to effectively evaluate the program. Approval is requested for a survey of audiences targeted by the National Diabetes Education Program including people at risk for diabetes, people with diabetes and their families and the public. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Type of Respondents: Adults. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 3759, Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: .153; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 575. There are no Capital Costs, Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Health Behaviors in School-Age Children
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This extension of data collection was previously published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2008, Volume 73, Number 128, pages 53030- 53031 and allowed 60 days for public comment. One public comment was received asking for a copy of the data collection plans for the proposed collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Office of Dietary Supplements 2010-2014 Strategic Plan
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has initiated a strategic planning process that will culminate in the ODS Strategic Plan for 2010-2014. To assist with this process, the ODS requests input from research communities academic, government, and industryand from other interested parties. The overall purpose of the strategic planning effort is to identify both new opportunities and emerging needs for incorporation in the programmatic efforts of the Office. A background paper has been prepared, A Report to the Public, that summarizes progress in four key areas of ODS activity. The background paper and related information are available on the ODS Web site at http://ods.od.nih.gov/strategicplan. Public comment can be sent directly to ODS or through the public Webinars ODS will hold on January 29, 2009, February 3, 2009, February 11, 2009, and February 19, 2009. The section on Public Participation (below) gives details for the Webinars.
National Toxicology Program (NTP); NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM); Availability of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Test Method Evaluation Report: Validation Status of Five In Vitro
NICEATM announces availability of the ICCVAM Test Method Evaluation Report: Validation Status of Five In Vitro Test Methods Proposed for Assessing Potential Pyrogenicity of Pharmaceuticals and Other Products (NIH Publication 08-6392). The test method evaluation report (TMER) describes five in vitro pyrogen test methods that can be used for detecting Gram-negative endotoxin in human parenteral pharmaceuticals. The report includes ICCVAM's (a) Recommendations on uses and limitations for each test method, (b) recommendations for standardized protocols, (c) recommendations for future studies, and (d) recommendations for the development of performance standards. ICCVAM concludes that none of these test methods can be considered as a complete replacement for the rabbit pyrogen test (RPT) for all testing situations for the detection of Gram-negative endotoxin. However, ICCVAM recommends that they can be considered for use on a case-by-case basis to detect Gram-negative endotoxin in human parenteral drugs, subject to product-specific validation to demonstrate equivalence to the RPT, in accordance with applicable U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. When used in this manner, these methods can reduce the number of animals needed for pyrogenicity testing. The report also recommends that these and other in vitro alternative test methods be considered prior to in vivo pyrogenicity testing, where determined appropriate for a specific testing situation. NICEATM also announces availability of the final ICCVAM Background Review Document: Validation Status of Five In Vitro Test Methods Proposed for Assessing Potential Pyrogenicity of Pharmaceuticals and Other Products (NIH Publication 08-6391). The final background review document (BRD) provides the data and analyses used to assess the current validation status of these five in vitro test methods. The ICCVAM TMER and supporting BRDs have been forwarded to U.S. Federal agencies for regulatory and other acceptance consideration, where applicable. Responses received will be posted on the NICEATM- ICCVAM Web site.
Determination That NUBAIN (Nalbuphine Hydrochloride) Injection, 10 and 20 Milligrams/Milliliter, Was Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing its determination that NUBAIN (nalbuphine hydrochloride) injection, 10 and 20 milligrams/milliliter (mg/ml), was not withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness. This determination will allow FDA to approve abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for nalbuphine hydrochloride injection, 10 and 20 mg/ml, if all other legal and regulatory requirements are met.
Medicare Program; Revisions to the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit Programs; Correcting Amendment
In the September 18, 2008 issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 54226), we published an interim final rule with comment period that revises the regulations governing the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C), prescription drug benefit program (Part D) and section 1876 cost plans. The interim final rule makes conforming changes to the MA regulations to reflect new statutory requirements regarding special needs plans (SNP), private-fee-for-service plans (PFFS), regional preferred provider organizations (RPPO) plans, Medicare medical savings accounts (MSA) plans, and new statutory provisions governing cost- sharing for dual-eligible enrollees in the MA program prescription drug pricing, coverage, and payment processes in the Part D program. In addition, the interim final rule sets forth new requirements governing the marketing of Part C and Part D plans which by statute must be in place at a date specified by the Secretary, but no later than November 15, 2008. Both the conforming changes to the regulations to reflect new statutory provisions and the new marketing requirements are based on provisions in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), which became law on July 15, 2008. This correcting amendment corrects technical and typographical errors identified in the September 18, 2008 interim final rule.
Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Amended or Altered System; Medical, Health and Billing Records System
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4), the IHS has amended and is publishing the proposed alteration of a system of records, System No. 09-17-0001, ``Medical, Health and Billing Records.'' The amended and altered system of records makes only administrative edits and revisions as necessary.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Improving implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation for prophylactic aspirin use among adults at risk for cardiovascular disease.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Conducting Measurement Activities in Support of the AHRQ Health IT Initiative.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on September 19th, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ``Reducing Waste and Inefficiency through Process Redesign: Lean/Toyota Production System (TPS) Implementation.'' In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), AHRQ invites the public to comment on this proposed information collection.
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
The Secretary of Health and Human Services is adopting rules to implement certain aspects of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-41, 42 U.S.C. 299b-21b-26 (Patient Safety Act). The final rule establishes a framework by which hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers may voluntarily report information to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), on a privileged and confidential basis, for the aggregation and analysis of patient safety events. The final rule outlines the requirements that entities must meet to become PSOs and the processes by which the Secretary will review and accept certifications and list PSOs. It also describes the privilege and confidentiality protections for the information that is assembled and developed by providers and PSOs, the exceptions to these privilege and confidentiality protections, and the procedures for the imposition of civil money penalties for the knowing or reckless impermissible disclosure of patient safety work product.
Oral Dosage Form New Animal Drugs; Amprolium; Correction
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is correcting a document amending the animal drug regulations to reflect approval of a supplemental new animal drug application (NADA) that appeared in the Federal Register of August 6, 2008 (73 FR 45610). FDA is correcting a paragraph designating the sponsors of approved applications for oral dosage forms of amprolium. This correction is being made to improve the accuracy of the animal drug regulations.
Global Harmonization Task Force, Study Group 1; Proposed and Final Documents; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of proposed and final documents that have been prepared by Study Group 1 of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). These documents represent a harmonized proposal and recommendation from the GHTF Study Group that may be used by governments developing and updating their regulatory requirements for medical devices. These documents are intended to provide information only and do not describe FDA's current regulatory requirements; elements of these documents may not be consistent with current U.S. regulatory requirements. In particular, FDA seeks comments on the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches in the GHTF documents, particularly where they are not consistent with current practices for the manufacture of products in the United States.
Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances; Removal of Essential-Use Designation (Epinephrine)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is amending FDA's regulation on the use of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) in self- pressurized containers to remove the essential-use designation for epinephrine used in oral pressurized metered-dose inhalers (MDIs). The Clean Air Act requires FDA, in consultation with the EPA, to determine whether an FDA-regulated product that releases an ODS is an essential use of the ODS. FDA has concluded that there are no substantial technical barriers to formulating epinephrine as a product that does not release ODSs, and therefore epinephrine would no longer be an essential use of ODSs as of December 31, 2011. Epinephrine MDIs containing an ODS cannot be marketed after this date.
Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2009; E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer-Generated Facsimile Transmissions; and Payment for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS)
This final rule with comment period implements changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services. It also finalizes the calendar year (CY) 2008 interim relative value units (RVUs) and issues interim RVUs for new and revised codes for CY 2009. In addition, as required by the statute, it announces that the physician fee schedule update is 1.1 percent for CY 2009, the preliminary estimate for the sustainable growth rate for CY 2009 is 7.4 percent, and the conversion factor (CF) for CY 2009 is $36.0666. This final rule with comment period also implements or discusses certain provisions of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). (See the Table of Contents for a listing of the specific issues addressed in this rule.)
Draft Guidance for Industry on Process Validation: General Principles and Practices; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ``Process Validation: General Principles and Practices.'' FDA is revising its guidance for industry entitled ``Guideline on General Principles of Process Validation,'' which issued in May 1987 (the 1987 guidance). The revised draft guidance promotes a ``lifecycle'' approach to process validation that includes scientifically sound design practices, robust qualification, and process verification. When finalized, this draft guidance will replace the 1987 guidance.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; State Enforcement Notifications
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Exceptions or Alternatives to Labeling Requirements for Products Held by the Strategic National Stockpile; Technical Amendment
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the biologics regulations to reincorporate a regulation that was inadvertently removed. This action is being taken to correct the regulations.
Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; SOMATULINE DEPOT
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined the regulatory review period for SOMATULINE DEPOT 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 human drug product.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Compliance With the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002, as Amended: Prominent and Conspicuous Mark of Manufacturers on Single-Use Devices (formerly “Reprocessed Single-Use Device Labeling”)
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, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on reprocessed single-use device labeling.