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Clinical Studies, Phases I-IV Articles and Insights

5 Essentials for Building a Robust Target Product Profile

A Target Product Profile (TPP) serves as the primary strategic framework that aligns commercial and clinical workstreams. When properly defined, the TPP enables drug developers to manage the development equation of risk x cost x time = success, and it starts by keeping the end

In Silico Modeling Unveils a New Era in Rare Disease Drug Development

Progress in advanced computational methods using modeling and simulation has been enabled by advancements in computing technologies and the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This has opened new opportunities in pharmaceutical drug development, such as the ability to evaluate large complex databases and

Mastering the Active Substance Master File (ASMF) Submission Process

One of the specialized capabilities in Premier Consulting’s toolbox is coordinating the Active Substance Master File (ASMF) submission process on behalf of sponsors. The ASMF procedure (formerly known as the European Drug Master File [EDMF] procedure) has in recent years become an increasingly utilized instrument

Using RWD and RWE to Support an Ultra-Rare Orphan Program

Clinical trials for ultra-rare diseases can be particularly challenging to mount. Typically, the patient population is small and geographically diverse. The FDA may allow the use of credible real-world data (RWD) and real-word evidence (RWE) in lieu of data collected in a Phase 3 trial

The Key to Streamlining Regulatory Approval for IVDs

Regulatory approval is the final hurdle sponsors face when launching an in vitro diagnostic (IVD). After spending many years and millions of dollars on development, it can prove frustrating when the finish is in sight, but there are barriers to success. Fortunately, many of those

Biologic Therapeutics Development, Part 2: Regulatory Pathways and Pharmacometric Analysis

Sponsors developing biologics must manage numerous scientific considerations specific to large-molecule products, including biochemical characterization studies to confirm structural identity, biological activity studies to confirm potency, and mechanism of action maintenance. Clinical trials of biologics are designed to determine pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), safety, and efficacy.

Biologic Therapeutics Development, Part 1: Definition and Distinct Characteristics

The development of biologics represents a major advancement, enabling the treatment of patients with many illnesses for which no other therapeutics were previously available. When developing biologics, sponsors must manage several scientific considerations specific to large-molecule products, including biochemical characterization studies to confirm structural identity,

Advancing from Research to Development: What Can Go Wrong?

The drug development process is a long journey, beginning with drug discovery, moving through nonclinical and clinical studies, and ultimately culminating in regulatory approval. With many steps in between, each as important as the next, multiple factors regarding development strategy and approach must be considered

Gene Therapy and Pharmacokinetics

How and When to Incorporate PK Design into Your Gene Therapy Development Plan Gene therapy, which was in its infancy around 30 years ago, is fast gaining prominence in many therapeutic areas, from personalized therapy to mass vaccinations against COVID-19. When developing a clinical development

In the News: Regulatory and Development Updates

Rare Disease Clinical Trials Most Often Terminated Due to Regulatory and Recruitment Issues The difficulty associated with successfully completing rare disease clinical trials is well-known. Most people believe that recruitment is the primary reason because, by definition, the number of potential trial participants is extremely

Key Changes in the Revised EMA Guidance on Clinical Trials During COVID

In February, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) released the fourth version of its Guidance on the Management of Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. As the pandemic continues to impact clinical research worldwide, these updated guidelines reflect the EMA’s evolving stance, clarifying questions raised by

Multidisciplinary Team Advances Immuno-Oncology Development

Developing a product from concept to commercialization is a multi-faceted and risky process. Particularly for complex programs, development plans must be customized based on real-world patient experience and optimized for a product’s post-approval success. A cross-disciplinary team is essential for crafting and assessing complex development

Statistical Considerations for FDA COVID-19 Guidance

In response to the newly released U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on COVID-19, the Statistics Department at Premier Research has committed to highlight specific and necessary actionable considerations that directly address key FDA recommendations in the guidance. These considerations call attention to some general actions required

FDA Issues Guidance on Clinical Trials During COVID-19

In March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA issued guidance on the conduct of clinical trials. “The FDA released this guidance to emphasize that at all times, patients’ safety should continue to be at the forefront of considerations,” said Anand Shah, M.D., FDA

Streamline Early Clinical Development With an INTERACT Meeting

In October 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Standard Operating Policy and Procedure (SOPP) – SOPP 8214 Version 1.0: INTERACT Meetings with Sponsors for Drugs and Biological Products. This document details recommendations for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)’s engagement with

Nonclinical Development Strategy and Study Design

With drug discovery completed and your lead asset identified, it’s time to initiate IND-enabling activities, moving one step closer to clinical deployment. According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, fewer than 10 percent of nonclinical lead assets move into the clinic.

The Missing Parts of the Inactive Ingredient Database (IID)

Yesterday, FDA released draft guidance on the use of the Inactive Ingredient Database (IID) in drug development. The guidance is one step FDA is taking to address feedback from the generics industry that IID enhancements are needed to help sponsors make the right formulation decisions. What is the IID?

Seamless Clinical Trials: Why Didn’t We Think of That?

Seamless clinical trials have become the new buzz word in drug development since FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb promoted their use this month. But are they new, and which products are best suited to this style of clinical trial? Oncology drugs are the obvious examples of

Alkermes Prodrug for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: NCE?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring drug efficacy, in addition to safety, for approval in 1962 based on the Kefauver-Harris Amendment. Despite this requirement, many drugs that have been approved by FDA have limited efficacy (eg, drugs that treat cancer or Alzheimer’s disease).

Drug Development Planned Like the Titanic

How many drug development companies leave it up to the CMO to design or execute their formulation and manufacturing without oversight? Like those who boarded the Titantic 100 years ago, they seem to trust the mantra that their contractor’s work is unsinkable. MAP Pharmaceuticals seemed

One vs. Two Batches for Single-Dose and Multiple-Dose Studies

Today’s posting stems from a client question.  The client’s product candidate is an oral product that requires both single- and multiple dose pharmacokinetic studies. Question:  Do companies ever use one pivotal batch for single-dose (SD) study and another batch for the multi-dose (MD) study?  What

505(b)(2) Patent & Marketing Exclusivity

IP attorney Stephen Albainy-Jenai and I just concluded a webinar hosted by DIA entitled 505(b)(2) Patent & Exclusivity.  23 different companies attended, showing the increasing interest in 505(b)(2) issues.  Earlier this year, DIA hosted my overview of the 505(b)(2) drug development process where the attendees had many questions asking