Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
February 9, 2007 Approval Letter
February 9, 2007
Our STN: BL 125101/0
BioLife Plasma Services, L.P.
Attention: Mr. David Halvorson
One Baxter Parkway
Deerfield, IL 60015
Dear Mr. Halvorson:
We have approved your biologics license application for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Reverse Transcription (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay effective this date. You are hereby authorized to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Reverse Transcription (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay under your existing Department of Health and Human Services U.S. License No. 1640. Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Reverse Transcription (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay, when used in combination with FDA approved pooling and resolution algorithms, is indicated for the qualitative detection of HCV ribonucleic acid (RNA) in pools of human Source Plasma comprised of equal aliquots of not more than 512 individual plasma samples. The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Reverse Transcription (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay is an "in-house" test performed only by Baxter Healthcare International.
Under this license, you are approved to provide results of HCV nucleic acid testing (NAT) of human Source Plasma pools at your facility, in ----------------------.
Please submit protocols showing results of all applicable tests for each manufactured lot. You may not implement the use of any lot 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 Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Reverse Transcription (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 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 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.
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Jay S. Epstein, M.D.
Office of Blood Research and Review
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research