[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 240 (Wednesday, December 14, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 77834-77835]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-32048]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Scientific Information Request on Intravascular Diagnostic and 
Imaging Medical Devices

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION: Request for Scientific Information Submissions.

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SUMMARY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is 
seeking scientific information submissions from manufacturers of 
intravascular diagnostic and imaging medical devices, including: 
Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR), Coronary Flow Reserve (CFR), 
Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), Intravascular Ultrasound (VH-IVUS) 
with Virtual Histology, Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT), Near-
Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR), Angioscopy, Intravascular Magnetic 
Resonance Imaging (MRI), Elastrography, and Thermography. Scientific 
information is being solicited to inform our Comparative Effectiveness 
Review of Intravascular Diagnostic Procedures and Imaging Techniques 
versus Angiography Alone, which is currently being conducted by the 
Evidence-based Practice Centers for the AHRQ Effective Health Care 
Program. Access to published and unpublished pertinent scientific 
information on this device will improve the quality of this comparative 
effectiveness review. AHRQ is requesting this scientific information 
and conducting this comparative effectiveness review pursuant to 
Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and 
Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173.

DATES: Submission Deadline on or before January 13, 2012.

ADDRESSES:
    Online submissions: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/submit-scientific-information-packets/. Please select the study for 
which you are submitting information from the list of current studies 
and complete the form to upload your documents.
    Email submissions: ehcsrc@ohsu.edu (please do not send zipped 
files--they are automatically deleted for security reasons).
    Print submissions: Robin Paynter, Oregon Health and Science 
University, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson 
Park Road, Mail Code: BICC, Portland, OR 97239-3098.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Paynter, Research Librarian, 
Telephone: (503) 494-0147 or Email: ehcsrc@ohsu.edu.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Section 1013 of the 
Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, 
Public Law 108-173, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has 
commissioned the Effective Health Care (EHC) Program Evidence-based 
Practice Centers to complete a comparative effectiveness review of the 
evidence for intravascular diagnostic procedures and imaging techniques 
versus angiography alone.
    The EHC Program is dedicated to identifying as many studies as 
possible that are relevant to the questions for each of its reviews. In 
order to do so, we are supplementing the usual manual and electronic 
database searches of the literature by systematically requesting 
information (e.g., details of studies conducted) from medical device 
industry stakeholders through public information requests, including 
via the Federal Register and direct postal and/or online solicitations. 
We are looking for studies that report on intravascular diagnostic and 
imaging medical devices, including those that describe adverse events, 
as specified in the key questions detailed below. The entire research 
protocol, including the key questions, is also available online at: 
http://www.effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productid=766#3456.
    This notice is a request for industry stakeholders to submit the 
following:

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     A current product label, if applicable (preferably an 
electronic PDF file).
     Information identifying published randomized controlled 
trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. 
Please provide both a list of citations and reprints if possible.
     Information identifying unpublished randomized controlled 
trials and observational studies relevant to the clinical outcomes. If 
possible, please provide a summary that includes the following 
elements: Study number, study period, design, methodology, indication 
and diagnosis, proper use instructions, inclusion and exclusion 
criteria, primary and secondary outcomes, baseline characteristics, 
number of patients screened/eligible/enrolled/lost to withdrawn/follow-
up/analyzed, and effectiveness/efficacy and safety results.
     Registered ClinicalTrials.gov studies. Please provide a 
list including the ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, condition, and 
intervention.
    Your contribution is very beneficial to this program. AHRQ is not 
requesting and will not consider marketing material, health economics 
information, or information on other indications. This is a voluntary 
request for information, and all costs for complying with this request 
must be borne by the submitter. In addition to your scientific 
information please submit an index document outlining the relevant 
information in each file along with a statement regarding whether or 
not the submission comprises all of the complete information available.

    Please Note: The contents of all submissions, regardless of 
format, will be available to the public upon request unless 
prohibited by law. The draft of this review will be posted on AHRQ's 
EHC program Web site and available for public comment for a period 
of 4 weeks. If you would like to be notified when the draft is 
posted, please sign up for the email list at: http://effectivehealthcare.AHRQ.gov/index.cfm/join-the-email-list1/.

Key Questions

     Key Question 1: For patients undergoing diagnostic 
coronary angiography to evaluate the presence/extent of Coronary Artery 
Disease (CAD) in order to decide on the necessity for coronary 
intervention, what is the impact of using an IVDx technique--when 
compared to angiography alone--on the diagnostic thinking and 
therapeutic decision making, short-term outcomes, and long-term 
outcomes?
     Key Question 2: For patients undergoing Percutaneous 
Coronary Intervention (PCI), what is the impact of using an 
Intravascular Diagnostic Device (IVDx) technique to guide the PCI 
procedure (either immediately prior to or during the procedure)--when 
compared to angiography-guided PCI--on the diagnostic thinking and 
therapeutic decision making, short-term outcomes, and long-term 
outcomes?
     Key Question 3: For patients having just undergone a PCI, 
what is the impact of using an IVDx technique to evaluate the success 
of PCI immediately after the procedure--when compared to angiography 
alone--on the diagnostic thinking and therapeutic decision making, 
short-term outcomes, and long-term outcomes?
     Key Question 4: How do different IVDx techniques compare 
to each other in their effects on the diagnostic thinking and 
therapeutic decision making, short-term outcomes, and long-term 
outcomes?
     During diagnostic coronary angiography for the evaluation 
of the presence/extent of CAD and the potential necessity of coronary 
intervention?
     During PCI to guide the procedure?
     Immediately after PCI to evaluate the success of PCI?
     Key Question 5: What factors (e.g., patient/physician 
characteristics, availability of prior noninvasive testing, type of PCI 
performed) influence the effect of IVDx techniques--when compared to 
angiography (or among different IVDx techniques)--on the diagnostic 
thinking and therapeutic decision making, short-term outcomes, and 
long-term outcomes?
     During diagnostic coronary angiography for the evaluation 
of the presence/extent of CAD and the potential need for coronary 
intervention?
     During PCI to guide the procedure?
     Immediately after PCI to evaluate the success of PCI?

    Dated: November 23, 2011.
Carolyn M. Clancy,
AHRQ, Director.
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