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Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) Discusses Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTPA)

On April 9-10, 2015 the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) will meet to discuss modified risk tobacco product applications (MRTPAs) submitted by Swedish Match North America Inc. for 10 smokeless tobacco products: To view the announcement go to http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm434215.htm. Before FDA can issue an order permitting the sale of an MRTP, the agency must refer the application to TPSAC for discussion and recommendation. As the upcoming meeting is the first time an MRTP application has gone to TPSAC,  the tobacco industry should be extremely interested in all aspects of the meeting, what the recommendation is, and of course ultimately what FDA decides to do, as precedents for other MRTP applications and decisions.