In an October 13 letter to the FDA, the well respected consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, gave a strong endorsement to the FDA Draft Guidance on Postmarketing Studies and Clinical Trials. In letter, Public Citizen’s Deputy Director Peter Lurie MD, MPH, and Sidney M. Wolfe, MD, wrote: “Public Citizen has reviewed the draft guidance in detail and supports its purpose and approach. The guidance makes a sensible distinction between studies that are for efficacy purposes only (“postmarketing commitments….”) and those that have any significant safety element (“postmarketing requirements….”). The categories of studies that can fall under postmarketing requirements (observational studies, clinical trials, animal studies, in vitro studies, pharmacokinetic studies, and interaction/bioavailability studies) are appropriately broad. We urge you to resist any efforts to weaken the draft guidance.” (Emphasis supplied)
To review the draft guidance, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#documentDetail?R=09000064809f1ed1.