21 U.S. Code § 379j–43 - Reauthorization; reporting requirements

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(a) Performance report
(1) General requirements

Beginning with fiscal year 2018, not later than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year for which fees are collected under this subpart, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report concerning the progress of the Food and Drug Administration in achieving the goals identified in the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 during such fiscal year and the future plans of the Food and Drug Administration for meeting the goals.

(2) Real time reporting
(A) In general

Not later than 30 calendar days after the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, and not later than 30 calendar days after the end of each quarter of each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary shall post the data described in subparagraph (B) on the internet website of the Food and Drug Administration, and may remove duplicative data from the annual report under this subsection.

(B) DataThe Secretary shall post the following data in accordance with subparagraph (A):
(i)
The number and titles of draft and final guidance on topics related to human generic drug activities and whether such guidances were issued as required by statute or pursuant to a commitment under the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017.
(ii)
The number and titles of public meetings held on topics related to human generic drug activities and whether such meetings were required by statute or pursuant to a commitment under the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017.
(3) Rationale for GDUFA program changesBeginning with fiscal year 2020, the Secretary shall include in the annual report under paragraph (1)—
(A)
data, analysis, and discussion of the changes in the number of full-time equivalents hired as agreed upon in the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 and the number of full time equivalents funded by budget authority at the Food and Drug Administration by each division within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Office of Regulatory Affairs, and the Office of the Commissioner;
(B)
data, analysis, and discussion of the changes in the fee revenue amounts and costs for human generic drug activities, including identifying drivers of such changes; and
(C)
for each of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Office of Regulatory Affairs, and the Office of the Commissioner, the number of employees for whom time reporting is required and the number of employees for whom time reporting is not required.
(4) AnalysisFor each fiscal year, the Secretary shall include in the report an analysis of the following:
(A) The difference between the aggregate number of abbreviated new drug applications filed and the aggregate number of approvals or aggregate number of complete response letters issued by the agency, accounting for—
(i)
such applications filed during one fiscal year for which a decision is not scheduled to be made until the following fiscal year; and
(ii)
the aggregate number of applications for each fiscal year that did not meet the goals identified by the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 for the applicable fiscal year.
(B)
Relevant data to determine whether the Food and Drug Administration has met the performance enhancement goals identified by the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 for the applicable fiscal year.
(C)
The most common causes and trends for external or other circumstances that affected the ability of the Secretary to meet review time and performance enhancement goals identified by the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017.
(b) Fiscal report

Beginning with fiscal year 2018, not later than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year for which fees are collected under this subpart, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report on the implementation of the authority for such fees during such fiscal year and the use, by the Food and Drug Administration, of the fees collected for such fiscal year.

(c) Corrective action reportBeginning with fiscal year 2018, for each fiscal year for which fees are collected under this subpart, the Secretary shall prepare and submit a corrective action report to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate. The report shall include the following information, as applicable:
(1) Goals met

For each fiscal year, if the Secretary determines, based on the analysis under subsection (a)(4), that each of the goals identified by the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 for the applicable fiscal year have been met, the corrective action report shall include recommendations on ways in which the Secretary can improve and streamline the abbreviated new drug application review process.

(2) Goals missedFor each of the goals identified by the letters described in section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 for the applicable fiscal year that the Secretary determines to not have been met, the corrective action report shall include—
(A)
a detailed justification for such determination and a description, as applicable, of the types of circumstances and trends under which abbreviated new drug applications missed the review goal times but were approved during the first cycle review, or review goals were missed; and
(B)
with respect to performance enhancement goals that were not achieved, a detailed description of efforts the Food and Drug Administration has put in place for the fiscal year in which the report is submitted to improve the ability of such agency to meet each such goal for the such [1] fiscal year.
(d) Enhanced communication
(1) Communications with Congress

Each fiscal year, as applicable and requested, representatives from the Centers with expertise in the review of human drugs shall meet with representatives from the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives to report on the contents described in the reports under this section.

(2) Participation in congressional hearing

Each fiscal year, as applicable and requested, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration shall participate in a public hearing before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, to report on the contents described in the reports under this section. Such hearing shall occur not later than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year for which fees are collected under this subpart.

(e) Public availability

The Secretary shall make the reports required under subsections (a) and (b) available to the public on the Internet Web site of the Food and Drug Administration.

(f) Reauthorization
(1) ConsultationIn developing recommendations to present to the Congress with respect to the goals, and plans for meeting the goals, for human generic drug activities for the first 5 fiscal years after fiscal year 2022, and for the reauthorization of this subpart for such fiscal years, the Secretary shall consult with—
(A)
the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives;
(B)
the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate;
(C)
scientific and academic experts;
(D)
health care professionals;
(E)
representatives of patient and consumer advocacy groups; and
(F)
the generic drug industry.
(2) Prior public inputPrior to beginning negotiations with the generic drug industry on the reauthorization of this subpart, the Secretary shall—
(A)
publish a notice in the Federal Register requesting public input on the reauthorization;
(B)
hold a public meeting at which the public may present its views on the reauthorization, including specific suggestions for changes to the goals referred to in subsection (a);
(C)
provide a period of 30 days after the public meeting to obtain written comments from the public suggesting changes to this subpart; and
(D)
publish the comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s Internet Web site.
(3) Periodic consultation

Not less frequently than once every month during negotiations with the generic drug industry, the Secretary shall hold discussions with representatives of patient and consumer advocacy groups to continue discussions of their views on the reauthorization and their suggestions for changes to this subpart as expressed under paragraph (2).

(4) Public review of recommendationsAfter negotiations with the generic drug industry, the Secretary shall—
(A)
present the recommendations developed under paragraph (1) to the congressional committees specified in such paragraph;
(B)
publish such recommendations in the Federal Register;
(C)
provide for a period of 30 days for the public to provide written comments on such recommendations;
(D)
hold a meeting at which the public may present its views on such recommendations; and
(E)
after consideration of such public views and comments, revise such recommendations as necessary.
(5) Transmittal of recommendations

Not later than January 15, 2022, the Secretary shall transmit to the Congress the revised recommendations under paragraph (4), a summary of the views and comments received under such paragraph, and any changes made to the recommendations in response to such views and comments.

(6) Minutes of negotiation meetings
(A) Public availability

Before presenting the recommendations developed under paragraphs (1) through (5) to the Congress, the Secretary shall make publicly available, on the Internet Web site of the Food and Drug Administration, minutes of all negotiation meetings conducted under this subsection between the Food and Drug Administration and the generic drug industry.

(B) Content

The minutes described under subparagraph (A) shall summarize any substantive proposal made by any party to the negotiations as well as significant controversies or differences of opinion during the negotiations and their resolution.

(June 25, 1938, ch. 675, § 744C, as added Pub. L. 112–144, title III, § 303, July 9, 2012, 126 Stat. 1022; amended Pub. L. 115–52, title III, § 304, title IX, §§ 903(c), 904(c), Aug. 18, 2017, 131 Stat. 1027, 1080, 1085.)
Termination of Section

For termination of section by section 305(b) of Pub. L. 115–52, see Effective and Termination Dates note set out below.

References in Text

Section 301(b) of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017, referred to in subsecs. (a) and (c), is section 301(b) of Pub. L. 115–52, which is set out as a note under section 379j–41 of this title.

Amendments

2017—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–52, § 903(c), designated existing provisions as par. (1), inserted heading, and added pars. (2) and (3).

Pub. L. 115–52, § 304(1), substituted “2018” for “2013” and “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017” for “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012”.

Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 115–52, § 904(c)(1), added par. (4).

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 115–52, § 304(2), substituted “2018” for “2013”.

Subsecs. (c) to (e). Pub. L. 115–52, § 904(c)(2), added subsecs. (c) and (d) and redesignated former subsec. (c) as (e). Former subsec. (d) redesignated (f).

Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 115–52, § 904(c)(2)(A), redesignated subsec. (d) as (f).

Pub. L. 115–52, § 304(3), which directed amendment of subsec. (d), effective Oct. 1, 2017, by substituting “2022” for “2017” wherever appearing, was executed by making the substitution in subsec. (f) to reflect the probable intent of Congress and the redesignation of subsec. (d) as (f), effective Aug. 18, 2017, by Pub. L. 115–52, § 904(c)(2). See Amendment note above.

Effective Date of 2017 Amendment

Amendment by section 304 of Pub. L. 115–52 effective Oct. 1, 2017, with fees under this subpart to be assessed for all abbreviated new drug applications received on or after Oct. 1, 2017, see section 306 of Pub. L. 115–52, set out as a note under section 379j–41 of this title.

Effective and Termination Dates

Pub. L. 115–52, title III, § 305(b), Aug. 18, 2017, 131 Stat. 1027, provided that:

“Section 744C of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 379j–43) shall cease to be effective January 31, 2023.”

Pub. L. 112–144, title III, § 304(b), July 9, 2012, 126 Stat. 1024, which provided that this section would cease to be effective Jan. 31, 2018, was repealed by Pub. L. 115–52, title III, § 305(c)(1), Aug. 18, 2017, 131 Stat. 1027.

[Pub. L. 115–52, title III, § 305(c)(1), Aug. 18, 2017, 131 Stat. 1027, provided that the repeal of section 304(b) of Pub. L. 112–144, formerly set out above, is effective Oct. 1, 2017.]

Section effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 305 of Pub. L. 112–144, set out as a note under section 379j–41 of this title.