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Record of Telephone Conversation - August 19, 2009 - Prevnar 13

System Info - 112371  SMITH, MICHAEL J  30-Nov-2009 15:22:09  SMITHM


Submission Type: Original Application   Submission ID:  125324/0    Office: OVRR  

Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein)

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.          

Telecon Date/Time:  19-AUG-2009 11:08 AM              Initiated by FDA?  Yes

Telephone Number:    

Communication Categorie(s):
Information Request


Telecon Summary:
Email: IR for additional information related to mumps and varicella data for studies 3005 and 004.

FDA Participants:   Julienne Vaillancourt, Michael Smith and Colleen Sweeney

Non-FDA Participants:    Devlin Carmel, Love Jack

Trans-BLA Group: No  

Related STNs:  None

Related PMCs:  None

Telecon Body:



From:                     Vaillancourt, Julienne 

Sent:                      Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:08 AM

To:                          'Carmel Devlin'; 'Jack Love'

Cc:                          Smith, Michael (CBER); Sweeney, Colleen

Subject:                Request for Validation Data on Mumps & Original Varicella Assays

Dear Carmel and Jack,

As we previously discussed with you on July 16, 2009, the response rates to mumps and varicella were noticeably low across both study groups in study 6096A1-004, i.e., (for varicella, using the Captia™ VZV IgG ELISA, the proportions of responders at 1.09 I.V. were 26.7% and 21.9% for the 13vPnC and 7vPnC groups, respectively; and for mumps, using the Captia™ Mumps IgG ELISA the proportions of responders at 1.10 I.V. were 76.5% and 72.% for the 13vPnC and 7vPnC groups, respectively).   You explained to us that an inappropriate varicella assay had been used for this purpose in this study.  At that time you mentioned the availability of new varicella response data from study 6096A1-3005 generated using an appropriate assay for measuring response to varicella vaccine.  We afterward requested submission of those data to the BLA.  We acknowledge your August 6, 2009, BLA amendment, which contains varicella data from study 6096A1-3005 and validation information for the assay used in that study.  We acknowledge that the response to varicella was much higher across both arms in study 3005.  However, we would still like to learn more about why the responses to mumps and varicella were so low in study 004, particularly with regard to the assays used.  The document, which summaries the MMV ELISA, in section of your BLA, does not provide adequate information in this regard.  Please provide information demonstrating that use of the Captia™ ELISA assays for mumps and varicella acted as predicted when used by your laboratory on sera from study 3005.  In addition, please provide any other information that may be helpful to us in understanding the mumps and varicella results from study 004.

Thank you.


Julienne Vaillancourt, R.Ph., M.P.H.
Captain, US Public Health Service
Regulatory Reviewer
Division of Vaccines and Related Products Applications
Office of Vaccines Research and Review
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
US Food and Drug Administration

Phone:    301-827-5414
Fax:        301-827-3532

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