U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
Office of the Commissioner (OC)
First published June 12th, 2018
This guidance provides answers to common questions regarding firms’ communication of health care economic information (HCEI) regarding their prescription drugs and medical devices to payors, formulary committees, or other similar entities with knowledge and expertise in the area of health care economic analysis (collectively referred to as payors). This guidance also addresses common questions relating to dissemination to payors of information about medical products that are not yet approved or cleared for any use and dissemination to payors of information about unapproved uses of approved/cleared medical products.
The questions and answers are grouped in the following categories:
Communications of HCEI to payors regarding approved drugs;
Communications of HCEI to payors regarding approved/cleared devices;
Communications to payors about unapproved drugs/devices (unapproved products); and about unapproved uses of approved/cleared medical products.
In general, FDA’s guidance documents do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in Agency guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.