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HHS/FDA RIN: 0910-AF73 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
Title: Package Size Limitation for Sodium Phosphates Oral Solution and Warning and Direction Statements for Oral and Rectal Sodium Phosphates for Over-the-Counter Laxative Use(Section 610 Review) 
Abstract: Section 201.307 (21 CFR sec. 201.307) describes a final rule to limit the container size for sodium phosphates oral solution (dibasic sodium phosphate/monobasic sodium phosphate oral solution) to not greater than 90 milliliters (mL) (3 ounces (oz) when used as an over-the-counter (OTC) laxative drug product. FDA limited the container size due to reports of deaths associated with an overdosage of sodium phosphates when packaged in a larger size container and a larger-than-intended dose was ingested inadvertently. In addition, this final rule required warning and direction statements to inform consumers that exceeding the recommended dose of oral and rectal sodium phosphates products in a 24-hour period could be harmful. FDA is initiating a review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act for the regulation in section 201.307. The purpose of this review is to determine whether the regulation in section 201.307 should be continued without change, or whether it should be further amended or rescinded, consistent with the stated objectives of applicable statutes, to minimize adverse impacts on a substantial number of small entities. FDA will consider, and is soliciting comments on the following: (1) The continued need for the regulation in section 201.307; (2) the nature of the complaints or comments received concerning the regulation in section 201.307; (3) the complexity of the regulation in section 201.307; (4) the extent to which the regulation in section 201.307 overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State, or governmental rules; and (5) the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed for the products still subject to the package size and labeling regulation in section 201.307. The section 610 review has been carried out along with a regulatory review under section 5 of Executive Order 12866, which calls for agencies to periodically review existing regulations to determine whether any should be modified or eliminated so as to make the Agency’s regulatory program more effective in achieving its goals, less burdensome, or in greater alignment with the President’s priorities and the principles set forth in the Executive order. During the review, FDA received one comment. This comment will be addressed on a future rulemaking. 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Routine and Frequent 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 21 CFR 201.307   
Legal Authority: 5 USC 610   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Begin Review of Current Regulation  12/01/2006    
End Review  09/04/2007    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Walter J. Ellenberg
Regulatory Project Management Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO-22, Room 5488, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Phone:301 796-2090
Fax:301 796-9899

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