[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 185 (Friday, September 23, 2011)]
[Pages 59143-59144]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-24532]



Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0002]

Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health 
Drugs and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee; 
Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory 
committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will 
be open to the public.
    Name of Committees: Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health 
Drugs and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.
    General Function of the Committees: To provide advice and 
recommendations to the Agency on FDA's regulatory issues.
    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on December 8, 2011, from 8 
a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: The Marriott Inn and Conference Center, University of 
Maryland University College, The Ballroom, 3501 University Blvd. East, 
Adelphi, MD. The conference center telephone number is 301-985-7300.
    Contact Person: Kalyani Bhatt, Center for Drug Evaluation and 
Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 
31, rm. 2417, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-9001, Fax: 301-847-
8533, e-mail: [email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee Information 
Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), and 
follow the prompts to the desired center or product area. Please call 
the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A 
notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that 
impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always 
be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you 
should always check the Agency's Web site and call the appropriate 
advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible 
modifications before coming to the meeting.
    Agenda: On December 8, 2011, the committees will discuss the 
benefits and risks of drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives in 
light of the emerging safety concern that the risk of venous 
thromboembolism (blood clots that can break loose and move within the 
circulatory system) associated with use of these products may be higher 
compared to oral contraceptives that contain the progestin, 
levonorgestrel. Drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives for the 
primary indication of pregnancy prevention include: YASMIN, YAZ 
(drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol tablets), BEYAZ, SAFYRAL (drospirenone/
ethinyl estradiol/levomefolate calcium tablets and levomefolate calcium 
tablets), Bayer HealthCare, and the generic equivalents for these 
    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no 
later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post 
the background material on its Web site prior to the

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meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the 
location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material 
will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material 
is available at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.
    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or 
views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. 
Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before 
November 23, 2011. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled 
between approximately 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Those individuals interested in 
making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and 
submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or 
arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed 
participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to 
make their presentation on or before November 15, 2011. Time allotted 
for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants 
requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated 
during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a 
lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing 
session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding 
their request to speak by November 16, 2011.
    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised 
that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical 
    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee 
meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with 
physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special 
accommodations due to a disability, please contact Kalyani Bhatt at 
least 7 days in advance of the meeting.
    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee 
meetings. Please visit our Web site at http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for procedures 
on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.
    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: September 20, 2011.
Jill Hartzler Warner,
Acting Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-24532 Filed 9-22-11; 8:45 am]