Notice of clarification to drug manufacturers and sponsors: Canadian-specific considerations in risk management plans
November 12, 2020
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Canada released the Submission of Risk Management Plans and Follow-up Commitments guidance document in June 2015. This guidance outlines the requirements for submitting a Canadian RMP in the European Union (EU) format or other recognized formats, such as the U.S. Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). It also describes the requirements and process for RMP follow-up commitments and updates to Health Canada.
Purpose of notice
We are issuing this notice to help drug manufacturers and sponsors when preparing the Canadian-specific considerations and elements in the risk management plans (RMPs) for certain drug products. This notice describes what is required for certain drug products. It does not add new requirements for the submission of RMPs in Canada.
Canadian-specific considerations in RMPs are outlined in section 3.8 of the guidance document. A detailed description of how the information and activities apply to Canada should be included in either:
- a Canadian-specific RMP or
- a Canadian addendum to the submitted RMP
We have provided an example of what is required under the key components to any RMP. These should be considered when submitting an RMP or follow-up commitments.
For safety issues specific to Canada
Brief summary of the Canadian epidemiology of the product's indication:
- Specify any notable differences from global RMPs, including:
- the epidemiology of the medical condition
- risk factors for the authorized indication in Canada (for example, in cases where it is different from the authorized indication in other major jurisdictions, such as Europe and the U.S.)
- when the drug is meant to be used by a small group of patients in Canada
- Indicate if the safety concerns listed in the EU RMP or other recognized RMP format can be applied to Canada at the time of the submission. If not, explain why.
Give a description and the reason for the changes if more safety concerns need to be considered or a risk is reclassified or removed. For the Canadian context, examples include:
- genetic or external factors that are unique to the population
- the proposed or approved indications
- the expected use of the product, including the:
- potential harm from an overdose
- potential for transmission of infectious agents or medication errors
- potential for off-label use
- risks associated with other members of the pharmacological class
- risks in pregnant and lactating women or in children
- Include post-authorization experience worldwide and in Canada, if this information is applicable. See section 3.8 of the guidance document.
RMP requirement for product subtypes (referring to biosimilars and prescription opioid products):
- for Canadian-specific considerations for RMPs on biosimilars, see the information and submission requirements for biosimilar biologic drugs
- for Canadian-specific RMPs for prescription opioid products, see the submission of targeted risk management plans and follow-up commitments for prescription opioid-containing products
Summary of safety concerns (important identified risks, important potential risks and missing information), which can be presented in a table format.
For pharmacovigilance activities in Canada
- routine pharmacovigilance activities (PVAs) in the Canadian context
- for each additional PVA listed in the RMP, state how it applies to Canada at the time of submission and include the milestones and timelines for reporting to Health Canada
- where additional PVAs only apply to Canada or if international PVAs differ from those proposed for Canada, provide a description and a detailed reason for these differences
- explain why it is important in Canada, the epidemiology of the target population and the overall risks associated with the product
- summarize the additional pharmacovigilance activities in Canada in a table format
For risk minimization activities and evaluation of the effectiveness of risk minimization measures in Canada
- provide a list of routine risk minimization activities in Canada for the safety concerns that apply to Canada at the time of submission
- explain any differences from the submitted global RMP
- refer to the most recent version of the Canadian product monograph, product packaging and product labelling when discussing routine risk minimization activities
- compare additional risk minimization activities proposed in Canada with those in other jurisdictions and give a reason for using a different approach, if applicable
- describe plans to evaluate the effectiveness of risk minimization activities in Canada and include the timelines for reporting
- make a comparison between plans to evaluate the effectiveness of risk minimization activities in Canada and measures considered and/or used in other jurisdictions, if applicable.
- if measures proposed in Canada are different from global RMP approaches, explain the reason for these differences
- summarize the additional risk minimization activities in Canada in a table format
See the table below for examples of pharmacovigilance activities and risk minimization activities in Canada.
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