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Dear Health Care Provider Letters: Improving Communication of Important Safety Information February 2017

Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

This guidance provides recommendations to industry and FDA staff on the content and format of Dear Health Care Provider (DHCP) letters.2 DHCP letters are correspondence ― often in the form of a mass mailing from the manufacturer or distributor of a human drug or biologic or from FDA ― intended to alert physicians and other health care providers about important new or updated information regarding a human drug or biologic (hereafter “drug” and “product” refer to both biologic and small molecule drug products). DHCP letters may also be distributed by email and are often made available on the Internet (e.g., on company Web sites or through patient advocacy groups). This guidance provides recommendations on (1) when to issue a DHCP letter, (2) the types of information to include in a DHCP letter, (3) how to organize that information so that it is communicated effectively to health care providers, and (4) formatting techniques to make the information more accessible.

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Submit comments on this guidance document electronically via docket ID: FDA-2013-S-0610 - Specific Electronic Submissions Intended For FDA's Dockets Management Staff (i.e., Citizen Petitions, Draft Proposed Guidance Documents, Variances, and other administrative record submissions)

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

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