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Reminder – FDA webinar Wednesday (23 April) 1pm eastern time

This webinar is about the Draft Guidance to Industry on Drug Development for ME/CFS (http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM388568.pdf)

The webinar will have some Q&A time – so make submit your questions.

Guidance Webinar Online-Access Instructions:

To access this webinar, follow the link provided below. Audio will broadcast from your computer speakers.

After following the link, enter as a guest and provide your FULL NAME and organization (i.e. “John Smith – FDA/CBER”). The host will then allow you to enter. If you experience technical difficulties email Jeffery.Rexrode@fda.hhs.gov for assistance. Closed captioning will be provided. Questions/Comments can be submitted live via a Q/A chat window.”

http://www.fda.gov/Training/GuidanceWebinars/ucm392577.htm

In your public comment on the Draft Guidance (due 12 May 2014), consider including the positives in the guidance as well as concerns you may have.

Submit your written comments to the docket (Docket No. FDA-2014-D-0264 ) http://www.regulations.gov/#!searchResults;rpp=25;po=0;s=FDA-2014-D-0264;fp=true;ns=true

Summary of April 26, 2013 FDA meeting (day 2)

Recently FDA released a summary (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm386705.htm) of the April 26, 2013 FDA Workshop on Drug Development for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). You may recall that this was the second day of a 1.5 day meeting and on this day, there were discussions about identifying quantitative outcome measures and determining which treatments produce improvements.

Remember that FDA is currently producing a guidance document for CFS and ME drugs that will provide advice for pharmaceutical companies and industry to expedite research for treatments. Our input will be needed on this. Note – typically when a draft guidance is released there is a 60 day comment period.

Additional information about the meeting and links to transcripts etc. can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm369563.htm

FDA CFS and ME Teleconference – October 16, 2013

 

In case you have not seen it, FDA has produced a report based on the April 25th meeting. You can download it or read it here http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForIndustry/UserFees/PrescriptionDrugUserFee/UCM368806.pdf. Based on the input received at the meeting and from material submitted to the docket, their characterization of ME is quite good.

As a followup to the April FDA meeting, FDA is hosting a teleconference on Wednesday Oct 16th fro 1:30-3pm (eastern time). Details below.

On October 16 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST, FDA will hold a teleconference that is open to the public. FDA will provide introductory and background remarks then the teleconference will be open for public comment on the following three topics:

1.            Feedback from the CFS and ME public workshop.

2.            Current projects related to drug development in CFS and ME.

3.            Potential methods to catalyze CFS and ME drug development.

Registration (Closes October 11, 2013): https://cfsmeteleconference2013.eventbrite.com/

FDA CFS and ME Activities Website: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm319188.htm

Please contact Randi Clark (Randi.Clark@fda.hhs.gov) or Mary Gross (Mary.Gross@fda.hhs.gov) if you have any questions.

There’s still time to submit comments to FDA docket on Drug Development for ME and CFS

Did you know, as of July 17th 2013, only 193 comments have been submitted to the FDA docket on Drug Development for ME and CFS?

Comments (from any country) can still be submitted (http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2012-N-0962-0004 ) until August 2, 2013.

Remember you can attach a document if your comments are more than 2000 characters long and/or you can provide your comment via video with a YouTube link.

FDA suggested two topics for comment. Consider including medicines you have tried – even if off-label – and their effects (positive, negative, no effect,side effects, intolerable side effects, etc.).

 

FDA Suggested 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.)

a. How does the condition affect your daily life on the best days and worst days?

b. What changes have you had to make in your life because of your condition?

FDA Suggested 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.)

a. What specific symptoms do your treatments address?

b. 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?

a. Have these treatments improved your daily life (for example, improving your ability to do specific activities)? Please explain.

b. How well have these treatments worked for you as your condition has changed over time?

c. What are the most significant downsides of these treatments (for example, specific side effects)?

Transcript Day I April 25, 2013 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM354951.pdf

Transcript Day II April 26, 2013 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM355406.pdf

 

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.