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New Guidance Documents
1. Revised Draft Guidance for Industry on Distributing Scientific and Medical Publications on Unapproved New Uses-Recommended Practices
This revised draft guidance provides guidance on FDA's current thinking on recommended practices for drug or medical device manufacturers and their representatives to follow when distributing to health care professionals or health care entities scientific or medical journal articles, scientific or medical reference texts, or clinical practice guidelines ((CPGs); all three collectively referred to as “scientific and medical publications”) that discuss unapproved new uses for approved drugs or approved or cleared medical devices marketed in the United States.
2. Drug Development to Treat the Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
FDA is planning a series of activities focused on drug development to treat the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). As part of these plans, FDA has released a draft guidance is to assist sponsors in the development of drug products for the treatment of CFS/ME.
3. Draft Guidance for Industry on Allowable Excess Volume and Labeled Vial Fill Size in Injectable Drug and Biological Products
This guidance clarifies the FDA requirements and regulations pertaining to allowable excess volume in injectable vials and reinforces the importance of appropriate packaging sizes for injectable drug and biological products.
4. Draft Guidance for Industry on Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies Submitted in New Drug Applications or Investigational New Drug Applications-General Considerations
This draft guidance provides recommendations to sponsors and/or applicants planning to include bioavailability (BA) and bioequivalence (BE) information for drug products in investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), and NDA supplements. This draft guidance revises those parts of the March 2003 guidance entitled “Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies for Orally Administered Drug Products—General Considerations” relating to BA and BE studies for INDs, NDAs, and NDA supplements.
5. Draft Guidance for Industry on Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products Approved Under the Accelerated Approval Regulatory Pathway
This draft guidance discusses FDA's recommendations for developing the indication and usage statements in the prescribing information for drugs approved under the accelerated approval regulatory pathway (hereafter “accelerated approval”). The guidance also discusses labeling considerations for indications approved under accelerated approval when clinical benefit has been verified and FDA terminates the conditions of accelerated approval, or when FDA withdraws accelerated approval of an indication while other indications for the drug remain approved.
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