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October 15, 2013 Approval Letter-Novoeight

 

 
Our STN: BL 125466/0
 
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Attention: Robert B. Clark
P.O. Box 846
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
 
Dear Mr. Clark:
 
We have approved your biologics license application (BLA) for Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) effective this date. You are hereby authorized to introduce or deliver for introduction into interstate commerce Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) under your existing Department of Health and Human Services U.S. License No. 1261. Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) is indicated foradults, adolescents, and children with hemophilia A for (1) the control and prevention of bleeding episodes, (2) perioperative management, and (3) routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes.
 
Under this license, you are approved to manufacture Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) drug substance at the Novo Nordisk A/S facility in ------------------------(b)(4)--------------------------, Denmark. The final product will be formulated, filled, and lyophilized at the Novo Nordisk A/S facility in -------------------(b)(4)-------------------, Denmark, and labeled and packaged at the Novo Nordisk A/S facility in -----------------(b)(4)--------------------, Denmark. You may label your product with the proprietary name Novoeight and you will market it in the nominal dosage strengths of 250, 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000 international units (IU) per vial.
 
We did not refer your application to the Blood Products Advisory Committee because our review of information submitted in your BLA, including the clinical study design and trial results, did not raise concerns or controversial issues which would have benefited from an advisory committee discussion.
 
The dating period for Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) shall be 24 months from the date of manufacture when stored at refrigerated temperature, 36 °F to 46 °F (2°C to 8°C).  The product may be stored at room temperature not to exceed 86 °F (30 °C) for up to 6 months within the 24-month time period.  The date of manufacture shall be defined as the date of final sterile filtration of the formulated drug product in accordance with 21 CFR 610.50. Following the final sterile filtration, no reprocessing/reworking is allowed without prior approval from the Agency.
 
You currently are not required to submit samples of future lots of Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) for release by the Director, CBER, under 21 CFR 610.2. We will continue to monitor compliance with 21 CFR
 
610.1 requiring completion of tests for conformity with standards applicable to each product prior to release of each lot.
 
You must submit information to your BLA for our review and written approval under 21 CFR 601.12 for any changes in, including but not limited to, the manufacturing, testing, packaging or labeling of Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), or in the manufacturing facilities.
 
You must submit reports of biological product deviations under 21 CFR 600.14. You should identify and investigate all manufacturing deviations promptly, 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.
 
Under 21 CFR 201.57(c)(18), patient labeling must be reprinted at the end of the package insert. We request that the text of information distributed to patients be printed in a minimum of 10-point font.
 
Please provide your final content of labeling in Structured Product Labeling (SPL) format and include the carton and container labels. In addition, please submit three original paper copies for carton and container final printed labeling.  All final labeling should be submitted as Product Correspondence to this BLA at the time of use (prior to marketing) and include implementation information on FDA Form 356h.
 
In addition, please submit the final content of labeling (21 CFR 601.14) in SPL format via the FDA automated drug registration and listing system, (eLIST), as described at http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/DataStandards/StructuredProductLabeling/default.htm. Information on submitting SPL files using eLIST may be found in the guidance for industry titled, “SPL Standard for Content of Labeling Technical Qs and As” at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM072392.pdf.
 
You may 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.  You must submit copies of your final advertisement and promotional labeling at the time of initial dissemination or publication, accompanied by Form FDA 2253 [21 CFR 601.12(f)(4)].
 
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 substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience to support such claims [21 CFR 202.1(e)(6)].
 
ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING
 
You must submit adverse experience reports in accordance with the adverse experience reporting requirements for licensed biological products (21 CFR 600.80) and you must submit distribution reports as described in 21 CFR 600.81. You should submit postmarketing adverse experience reports and distribution reports to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, HFM-210, Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Prominently identify all adverse experience reports as described in 21 CFR 600.80. 
 
PEDIATRIC REQUIREMENTS
 
Under the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) (21 U.S.C. 355c), all applications for new active ingredients, new indications, new dosage forms, new dosing regimens, or new routes of administration are required to contain an assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the product for the claimed indication in pediatric patients unless this requirement is waived, deferred, or inapplicable.
 
We note that you have fulfilled the pediatric study requirement for all relevant pediatric age groups for this application.
 
AGREED UPON POSTMARKETING COMMITMENTS
 
We acknowledge your written commitments as described in your letters dated July 29, 2013 and September 19, 2013, as outlined below:
 
Postmarketing Studies subject to reporting requirements of 21 CFR 601.70.
 
  1. Novo Nordisk commits to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Novoeight in previously untreated patients with hemophilia A in Trial NN7008-3809, Safety and efficacy study in prevention and treatment of bleeds in pediatric previously untreated patients with Hemophilia A.
 
  • Study/trial completion date: September 30, 2016
  • Final Study Report submission date: March 31, 2017
 
  1. Novo Nordisk commits to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Novoeight during long-term treatment of patients with severe and moderately severe hemophilia A in Trial NN7008-3553, Non-interventional safety and efficacy study during long term treatment of severe and moderately severe Hemophilia A.
 
  • Study/trial completion date: September 30, 2018
  • Final Study Report submission date: March 31, 2019
 
 
Please submit clinical protocols to your IND, with a cross-reference letter to your BLA, STN 125466/0. If the information in the final study report supports a change in the labeling, the final study report should be submitted as a supplement. We may also request a supplement if we think labeling changes are needed. Please use the following designators to label prominently all submissions, including supplements, relating to these postmarketing study commitments as appropriate:
 
  • Postmarketing Study Commitment Protocol
  • Postmarketing Study Correspondence
  • Postmarketing Study Commitment – Final Study Report
  • Supplement Contains Postmarketing Study Commitments – Final Study Report
For each postmarketing study subject to the reporting requirements of 21 CFR 601.70, you must describe the status in an annual report on postmarketing studies for this product.  Label your annual report as “Annual Status Report of Postmarketing Study Commitments.” The status report for each study should include:
 
  • information to identify and describe the postmarketing commitment,
  • the original schedule for the commitment,
  • the status of the commitment (i.e., pending, ongoing, delayed, terminated, or submitted), and
  • an explanation of the status including, for clinical studies, the patient accrual rate (i.e., number enrolled to date and the total planned enrollment).
 
As described in 21 CFR 601.70(e), we may publicly disclose information regarding these postmarketing studies on our Web site (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Post-marketingPhaseIVCommitments/default.htm). Please refer to the February 2006 Guidance for Industry: Reports on the Status of Postmarketing Studies – Implementation of Section 130 of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (see http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM080569.pdf) for further information. 
 
Postmarketing Studies not subject to reporting requirements of 21 CFR 601.70.  
 
  1. Novo Nordisk commits to develop the methods for quantitative measurement of excipients calcium chloride and sucrose in the Final Drug Product, and include these parameters with acceptance criteria in the Final Drug Product Specification. The results will be submitted as PMC Submission – Final Study Report by October 16, 2014.
 
  1. Novo Nordisk commits to include at least one commercial batch each of 500 IU, 1000 IU, and 1500 IU dosage strengths in their stability study, and these batches should be monitored under the referenced storage conditions as described on page 4 of 11 in the BLA section 3.2.P.8.2 Stability Protocol and Stability Commitment for PPQ and Confirming Batches for Drug Product (novoDOCS: 001161237). The interim stability data from these batches will be submitted as annual updates (PMC Submission – Status Update) through the dating period, and the final report will be submitted within 3 months of completion of the study (PMC Submission – Final Study Report).
 
We request that you submit information concerning nonclinical and chemistry, manufacturing, and control postmarketing commitments and final reports to your BLA, STN 125466/0.
 
Please use the following designators to label prominently all submissions, including supplements, relating to these postmarketing study commitments as appropriate:
 
  • Postmarketing Study Correspondence
  • Postmarketing Study Commitment – Final Study Report
  • Supplement Contains Postmarketing Study Commitment – Final Study Report
For each postmarketing commitment not subject to the reporting requirements of 21 CFR 601.70, you may report the status to FDA as a “PMC Submission – Status Update.” The status report for each commitment should include:
 
  • The original schedule for the commitment, and
  • The status of the commitment (i.e., pending, ongoing, delayed, terminated, or submitted).
 
When you have fulfilled your commitment, submit your final report as PMC Submission – Final Study Report or Supplement Contains Postmarketing Study Commitment – Final Study Report.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
 
 
Jay S. Epstein, MD
Director
Office of Blood Research and Review
Center for Biologics
 Evaluation and Research