FDA Survey of Physicians' Perceptions of the Impact of Early Risk Communication about Medical Products

ICR 200707-0910-006

OMB: 0910-0615

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0910-0615 200707-0910-006
Historical Active
FDA Survey of Physicians' Perceptions of the Impact of Early Risk Communication about Medical Products
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Approved with change 12/18/2007
Retrieve Notice of Action (NOA) 07/31/2007
This information collection request is approved as amended and revised by FDA. FDA will revise the survey instrument in accordance with its email memo of 12/17/2007 prior to fielding.
  Inventory as of this Action Requested Previously Approved
12/31/2010 36 Months From Approved
1,927 0 0
258 0 0
0 0 0

The authority for FDA to collect the information derives from the FDA Commissioners authority, as specified in section 902(d)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act, 21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)). Also under the above section of the Act, FDA is engaged in a variety of communication activities to inform health care providers about new risks of regulated medical products, including prescription drugs, biologics, and medical devices (for example, pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, coronary stents, orthopedic implants, infusion pumps). More recently, FDAs communication activities have also included the general public. Communications activities include, but are not limited to, communications through the press (press releases, public health advisories) and in medical journals, letters to health care providers sent out in cooperation with product manufacturers, and notifications and information sheets about recalls, withdrawals, and new product safety information on FDAs Internet site. Extensive publicity regarding serious side effects from certain commonly used prescription drugs, as well as certain implantable medical devices, has spurred public pressure to make risk information available sooner. In opposition to such public pressures, however, at least some prescribers and medical societies have suggested that early disclosure of potential side effects (emerging risks) may have unintended negative effects on patient care. For FDA to plan informed programmatic communication activities we need better empirical data on the impact on providers and patient care of disseminating emerging risk information. Research is limited not only concerning the impact of communication from FDA to the public, but also concerning specific barriers to the likelihood of physicians reporting patient adverse events to FDA or to product manufacturers. Such reporting provides the basis for identification of emerging risks associated with regulated products. Therefore, optimizing such reporting is critical to the public health. Yet we have no data evaluating FDAs efforts to improve reporting. Given differing perspectives on the value and timing of providing risk information to medical experts and the public at large, FDA believes it is critical to assess how well it is communicating with physicians - the health care provider group with primary responsibility for deciding whether to use medical products to address patient problems. This information is critical both to plan programmatic communication activities and to improve the effectiveness of our reporting systems. Therefore, FDA plans to conduct a survey of a nationally representative group of physicians about these issues. Key information to be collected includes the following: the impact on physicians, their patients, and their practices of the disclosure of still uncertain, emerging risks associated with medical products.

US Code: 21 USC 393 Name of Law: FFDCA

Not associated with rulemaking

  71 FR 43200 07/31/2006
72 FR 39628 07/19/2007

  Total Approved Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 1,927 0 0 0 1,927 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 258 0 0 0 258 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0

Jonnalynn Capezzuto 3018274659


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
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    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
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