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May 16, 2017 5:00 pm

Comment Deadline: FDA Proposed Information Collection for Guidance for Industry on Pharmacogenomic Data Submissions

  • Agency
  • Genetics/Genomics

The FDA is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain pharmacogenomic information by the Agency. With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

The FDA-issued Guidance for Industry on Pharmacogenomic Data Submissions provides recommendations to sponsors submitting or holding investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), or biologics license applications (BLAs) on what pharmacogenomic data should be submitted to the Agency during the drug development process. The guidance interprets FDA regulations for IND, NDA, or BLA submissions, clarifying when the regulations require pharmacogenomics data to be submitted and when the submission of such data is voluntary.

The submission of exploratory pharmacogenomic data is not required under the regulations, although the Agency encourages the voluntary submission of such data. The guidance describes the voluntary genomic data submission (VGDS) that can be used for such a voluntary submission. The guidance does not recommend a specific format for the VGDS, except that such a voluntary submission be designated as a VGDS. The data submitted in a VGDS and the level of detail should be sufficient for FDA to be able to interpret the information and independently analyze the data, verify results, and explore possible genotype-phenotype correlations across studies. FDA does not want the VGDS to be overly burdensome and time consuming for the sponsor.

More information is available via the Federal Register notice