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December 1, 2005 Approval Letter - Procleix WNV Assay

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Rockville, MD 20852-1448

December 1, 2005

Our STN: BL 125121/0

Gen-Probe Incorporated
Attention: Leanne Kiviharju
10210 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, California 92121

Dear Ms. Kiviharju:

We have approved your biologics license application for Procleix WNV Assay effective this date. You are hereby authorized to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce, Procleix WNV Assay under your existing Department of Health and Human Services U.S. License No. 1592. Procleix WNV Assay is indicated for the qualitative detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) RNA in plasma specimens from individual human donors, including volunteer donors of whole blood and blood components, and other living donors. It is also intended for use in testing plasma specimens to screen organ donors when specimens are obtained while the donor’s heart is still beating, and in testing blood specimens to screen cadaveric (non-heart-beating) donors. It is not intended for use on cord blood specimens.

The assay is intended for use in testing individual donor samples. It also is intended for use in testing pools of human plasma comprised of equal aliquots of not more than 16 individual donations from volunteer donors of whole blood and blood components. This assay is not intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of West Nile Virus infection.

Under this authorization, you are approved to manufacture Procleix WNV Assay at your facilities in San Diego, California. You may label your product with the proprietary name Procleix WNV Assay.

Please submit final container samples of the product and each kit component in final containers together with protocols showing results of all applicable tests. You may not distribute any lots of product until you receive a notification of release from the Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).

You must submit information to your biologics license application for our review and written approval under 21 CFR 601.12 for any changes in the manufacturing, testing, packaging or labeling of Procleix WNV Assay, or in the manufacturing facilities.

Submit adverse experience reports in accordance with the Medical Device Reporting requirements for medical devices (21 CFR 803) as required by (21 CFR 600.81(k)(2)). Since your product is characterized as a device as well as a biological, submit these reports to the MedWatch System using MedWatch Reporting Form 3500A. Required reports should be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Medical Device Reporting, PO Box 3002, Rockville, Maryland 20847-3002.

You must submit reports of biological product deviations under 21 CFR 600.14. You promptly should identify and investigate all manufacturing deviations, including those associated with processing, testing, packing, labeling, storage, holding and distribution. If the deviation involves a distributed product, may affect the safety, purity, or potency of the product, and meets the other criteria in the regulation, you must submit a report on Form FDA-3486 to the Director, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, HFM-600, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448.

Please submit all final printed labeling at the time of use and include implementation information on FDA Form 356h and FDA Form 2567 as appropriate. Please provide a PDF-format electronic copy as well as original paper copies (ten for circulars and five for other labels). In addition, you may wish to submit two draft copies of the proposed introductory advertising and promotional labeling with an FDA Form 2253 to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Advertising and Promotional Labeling Branch, HFM-602, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Two copies of final printed advertising and promotional labeling should be submitted at the time of initial dissemination, accompanied by a FDA Form 2253.

All promotional claims must be consistent with and not contrary to approved labeling. You should not make a comparative promotional claim or claim of superiority over other products unless you have submitted data to support such claims to us and had them approved.

Sincerely yours,

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Jay S. Epstein, M.D.
Director
Office of Blood Research and Review
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research