BIO Comments on FDA Public Workshop on Patient-Focused Drug Development: Guidance 1
BIO submitted comments after the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) public hearings on Patient-Focused Drug Development: Guidance 1 – Collecting Comprehensive and Representative Input.
BIO commends the FDA’s efforts to facilitate the use of patient experience data (PED) for medical product development and regulatory decision-making. Flexibility and openness to innovative methods and practices will be important as new ideas and approaches emerge every day.
While BIO agrees the patient-focused drug development (PFDD) guidance documents should complement the FDA guidance on patient-reported outcomes (PRO), the PRO guidance is too restrictive and has not led to an increase in qualified or validated PRO tools for use in labeling. BIO asks FDA to keep the PFDD guidance documents broadly applicable and flexible. BIO’s comments include answers to the FDA’s questions and suggestions on how to clarify and improve the PFDD guidance.