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December 9, 2011: Joint Meeting of the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement




CDERDecember 9, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Marriott Inn and Conference Center
University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, Maryland



The committees will discuss the benefits and risks of ORTHO EVRA (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol transdermal system), marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for the prevention of pregnancy. Specifically, the committees will discuss the possibly increased risk of thrombotic (blood clots) and thromboembolic events (blood clots that can break loose and move within the circulatory system) in users of ORTHO EVRA compared to women who use commonly prescribed birth control pills, as suggested by postmarketing studies.

Meeting Materials

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 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

Public Participation Information

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 1pm -2 pm, December 9, 2011. Those desiring to make 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.

Webcast Information

CDER will not be providing a webcast of the Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

Contact Information

  • Kalyani Bhatt
    Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
    Food and Drug Administration
    10903 New Hampshire Avenue
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20993-0002
    Phone: 301-796-9001
    Fax: 301-847-8533
    E-mail: ACRHD@fda.hhs.gov
  • FDA Advisory Committee Information Line
    (301-443-0572 in the Washington DC area) 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 Website and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

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FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee meetings. Please visit our Web site at Public Conduct During FDA Advisory Committee Meetings 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).