Archive for April, 2013

Register for CFSAC May 2013 attendance and for public comment

The Spring 2013 CFSAC meeting will be held May 22–23, 2013

Registration is open:

http://www.blsmeetings.net/CFSACMay2013/

To register for public comment:

http://www.blsmeetings.net/CFSACPublicCommentMay2013/

 

The Federal Register notice for the May 2013 CFSAC meeting:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-30/pdf/2013-10083.pdf

The meeting will be held at the Department of Health and Human Services; Hubert H. Humphrey Building; 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 800; Washington, DC 2020

Video of FDA meeting (April 25/26 2013) now available

The FDA public workshop on Drug Development for CFS and ME ended on Friday at 5pm and the video is already available. (Pretty good turnaround time!)

Video of the April 25/26 2013 FDA meeting is now archived and available for viewing.

http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/fda/130425/

(Scroll down on the right side under webcast archives.)

 

Thanks for eagle-eyed Nielk for spotting it! 🙂

Webcast of FDA meeting on Thursday 25 April and Friday 26 April

The FDA Drug Development for ME and CFS Public Workshop will be held on Thursday 25 April and Friday 26 April 2013

Note: On Thursday, the meeting begins at 1PM (Eastern Time U.S.)

On Friday the meeting begins at 8:30AM (Eastern Time U.S.)

 

Here is the link for the webcast :

http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/fda/130425/globe_show/default_go.cfm?live=1&type=flv&test=0

 

If this link does not work, there is a backup link on this page

http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/fda/130425/ (right hand side of page, look for the second PLAY button)

 

 

As you watch the webcast, make notes about your answers to these questions from FDA:

Topic 1: Disease Symptoms and Daily Impacts That Matter Most to Patients

  1. What are the most significant symptoms that you experience resulting from your condition? (Examples may include prolonged exhaustion, confusion, muscle pain, heat or cold intolerance.)
  2. What are the most negative impacts on your daily life that result from your condition and its symptoms? (Examples may include difficulty with specific activities, such as sleeping through the night.)
    1. How does the condition affect your daily life on the best days and worst days?
    2. What changes have you had to make in your life because of your condition?

Topic 2: Patients’ Perspectives on Current Approaches To Treating CFS and ME

  1. What treatments are you currently using to help treat your condition or its symptoms? (Examples may include FDA-approved medicines, over-the- counter products, and other therapies, including non-drug therapies such as activity limitations.)
    1. What specific symptoms do your treatments address?
    2. How has your treatment regimen changed over time and why?
  2. How well does your current treatment regimen treat the most significant symptoms of your disease?
    1. Have these treatments improved your daily life (for example, improving your ability to do specific activities)? Please explain.
    2. How well have these treatments worked for you as your condition has changed over time?
    3. What are the most significant downsides of these treatments (for example, specific side effects)?

In addition to the questions that the FDA asked, please provide comments about your lab/test abnormalities – linked to symptoms and dysfunction where possible – and indicate how those abnormalities changed as a result of treatment if known.

 

FDA meeting agenda and update on submitting comments – Spread the word please

Final agenda for FDA April 25/26 2013 Drug Development for ME and CFS public workshop

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM344665.pdf

You have until 2 August to submit your comments to FDA via this docket – http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2012-N-0962-0004

Online comments are limited to 2000 characters however, you can attach documents and PDFs.

INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT as of 19 April 2013:

Comments and attachments can include YouTube links. For the severely ill this is a great way to be seen even though they can’t get to the meeting.

FDA wants your answers to these questions:

Topic 1: Disease Symptoms and Daily Impacts That Matter Most to Patients

  1. What are the most significant symptoms that you experience resulting from your condition? (Examples may include prolonged exhaustion, confusion, muscle pain, heat or cold intolerance.)
  2. What are the most negative impacts on your daily life that result from your condition and its symptoms? (Examples may include difficulty with specific activities, such as sleeping through the night.)
    1. How does the condition affect your daily life on the best days and worst days?
    2. What changes have you had to make in your life because of your condition?

Topic 2: Patients’ Perspectives on Current Approaches To Treating CFS and ME

  1. What treatments are you currently using to help treat your condition or its symptoms? (Examples may include FDA-approved medicines, over-the- counter products, and other therapies, including non-drug therapies such as activity limitations.)
    1. What specific symptoms do your treatments address?
    2. How has your treatment regimen changed over time and why?
  2. How well does your current treatment regimen treat the most significant symptoms of your disease?
    1. Have these treatments improved your daily life (for example, improving your ability to do specific activities)? Please explain.
    2. How well have these treatments worked for you as your condition has changed over time?
    3. What are the most significant downsides of these treatments (for example, specific side effects)?

In addition to the questions that the FDA asked, please provide comments about your lab/test abnormalities – linked to symptoms and dysfunction where possible – and indicate how those abnormalities changed as a result of treatment if known.

 

 

Thank you to Ms Spotila for working with the FDA to get inclusion of YouTube links.

Among the group of 16

A few days ago the Federal Register had the announcement of the disease areas FDA will hold meeting about: “Prescription Drug User Fee Act Patient-Focused Drug Development; Announcement of Disease Areas for Meetings Conducted in Fiscal Years 2013-2015”

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-11/pdf/2013-08441.pdf

“…. FDA has selected the following diseases to be addressed in FY 2013-2015:

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency;
  • breast cancer;
  • chronic Chagas disease;
  • female sexual dysfunction;
  • fibromyalgia;
  • hemophilia A, hemophilia B, von Willebrand disease, and other heritable bleeding disorders;
  • HIV;
  • idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis;
  • irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease with persistent regurgitation symptoms on proton-pump inhibitors;
  • lung cancer;
  • myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • narcolepsy;
  • neurological manifestations of inborn errors of metabolism;
  • Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease;
  • pulmonary arterial hypertension; and
  • sickle cell disease.  ….”

Remember that the FDA meeting on April 25/26 is the first of the meetings in this initiative. This is an impressive list of diseases and we are right in there!

We are setting the stage for the disease groups that come after us. Let’s shine like never before!

FDA has a Web site on Patient-Focused Drug Development: http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/UserFees/PrescriptionDrugUserFee/ucm326192.htm. This Web site contains the general schedule of upcoming meetings for FY 2013-2015, information on how stakeholders can prepare for upcoming meetings, and information on how stakeholders may leverage Patient-Focused Drug Development to generate input on disease areas not addressed through the Patient-Focused Drug Development PDUFA V commitment. The Web site will be updated as new information becomes available.

Web page for scheduled meetings: http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/UserFees/PrescriptionDrugUserFee/ucm347317.htm

PDUFA 2012 slides includes info PFDD meetings http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/CDER/UCM310754.pdf

More info from FDA about PFDD meetings:

Enhancing Benefit-Risk Assessment in Regulatory Decision-Making

Ensuring the safety, effectiveness and quality of human drugs is an increasingly complicated regulatory task, requiring FDA’s expert consideration of a multitude of complex factors. Over the past several years, FDA has developed an enhanced structured approach to benefit-risk assessment in regulatory decision-making for human drug and biologic products.

The Benefit-Risk Assessment Framework was developed through extensive review and analysis of previous and ongoing regulatory decisions. PDUFA V commitments include further development and implementation of the Framework into FDA’s human drug and biologic review process. Section 905 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act also requires FDA to implement a structured benefit-risk framework in the new drug approval process.

In PDUFA V, FDA also committed to a new initiative called Patient-Focused Drug Development with the goal of obtaining the patient perspective on certain disease areas during the five year period of PDUFA V. Assessment of a product’s benefits and risks involves an analysis of the severity of the condition treated and the current treatment options available for the given disease. This information is a critical aspect of FDA’s decision-making as it establishes the context in which the regulatory decision is made. FDA believes that drug development and FDA’s review process could benefit from a more systematic and expansive approach to obtaining the patient perspective on disease severity and current available options in a therapeutic area.

This page contains information related to FDA’s implementation of the PDUFA V commitments regarding enhancing benefit-risk assessment in regulatory decision-making.

http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/UserFees/PrescriptionDrugUserFee/ucm326192.htm

FDA 101 Webinar and reminder about comments to the FDA docket

FDA 101 Webinar

An overview of FDA’s basic functions and jurisdiction, and the regulatory framework that determines how the agency functions and accomplishes its various responsibilities, presented by Dave Banks from the Office of Health and Constituent Affairs.

      • When

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time Zone

Registration is required.

http://www.cvent.com/events/fda-101-webinar/invitation-f618c17b295d49f38f298456452559ac.aspx

 

 

Remember to submit comments to the FDA

The suggested topics include:

Topic 1: Disease Symptoms and Daily Impacts That Matter Most to Patients

  1. What are the most significant symptoms that you experience resulting from your condition? (Examples may include prolonged exhaustion, confusion, muscle pain, heat or cold intolerance.)
  2. What are the most negative impacts on your daily life that result from your condition and its symptoms? (Examples may include difficulty with specific activities, such as sleeping through the night.)
    1. How does the condition affect your daily life on the best days and worst days?
    2. What changes have you had to make in your life because of your condition?

 

Topic 2: Patients’ Perspectives on Current Approaches To Treating CFS and ME

  1. What treatments are you currently using to help treat your condition or its symptoms? (Examples may include FDA-approved medicines, over-the- counter products, and other therapies, including non-drug therapies such as activity limitations.)
    1. What specific symptoms do your treatments address?
    2. How has your treatment regimen changed over time and why?
  2. How well does your current treatment regimen treat the most significant symptoms of your disease?
    1. Have these treatments improved your daily life (for example, improving your ability to do specific activities)? Please explain.
    2. How well have these treatments worked for you as your condition has changed over time?
    3. What are the most significant downsides of these treatments (for example, specific side effects)?

 

In addition to the questions that the FDA asked, please provide comments about your lab/test abnormalities – linked to symptoms and dysfunction where possible – and indicate how those abnormalities changed as a result of treatment if known.

TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:

  • Go here and submit comments now by clicking on the ‘Comment Now!” box in the upper right corner of the page.
  • You can also submit written comments to Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Include the docket number, which is “FDA-2012-N-0962-0004”.
  • The Docket is open until August 2, 2013.
  • The FDA is encouraging patients to provide answers to the questions asked in the Federal Register. But again, don’t forget to also include information about the biological abnormalities – linked to symptoms where possible – and indicate how those abnormalities changed as a result of treatment if known.

 

Comments can still be submitted to the FDA

Registration for the April 25/26th FDA meeting has closed but you can still provide comments directly to the FDA

  • Go here and submit comments now by clicking on the ‘Comment Now!” box in the upper right corner of the page.
  • You can also submit written comments to Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Include the docket number, which is “FDA-2012-N-0962-0004”.
  • The Docket is open until August 2, 2013.
  • The FDA is encouraging patients to provide answers to the questions asked in the Federal Register. But again, don’t forget to also include information about the biological abnormalities – linked to symptoms where possible – and indicate how those abnormalities changed as a result of treatment if known.