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    EU clinical trial portal and database declared functional

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that its long-delayed EU clinical trial portal and database are fully functional, paving the way for the launch of the EU Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS) and the application of the EU Clinical Trial Regulation early next year.   The CTIS was originally expected in September 2018; however, a series of delays have pushed back the launch date for the system, and the EU Clinical Trial Regulation it is intended to suppo...
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    ICH shares "work-in-progress" update to GCP guidance

    The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) has made available a draft version of its updated principles for good clinical practice. The principles are to be considered a “work-in-progress,” wrote ICH in announcing the availability of the updates, which are still in development by the ICH’s E6(R3) expert working group.   “The principles are interdependent and should be considered in their totality to assure ethical trial conduct, participant safety, and reliabl...
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    FDA: Master protocols have value in COVID-19, and beyond

    An official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that developers of COVID-19 drugs consider using master protocols to assess the benefits and the risks of potential COVID-19 treatments and outlined ways to ensure the integrity of the data generated from these protocols.   Gregory Levin, the deputy director of the Division of Biometrics III in the FDA’s Office of Biostatistics, described how master protocols can be leveraged to evaluate the safety ...
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    Woodcock: Post-COVID, new flexibility could boost cancer trial diversity

    Though cancer clinical trials have taken a hard knock from COVID-19, preserving and extending pandemic flexibility may give oncology research broader reach than ever before, according to Janet Woodcock, MD, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Woodcock spoke Friday at a webinar co-hosted by Friends of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology,   At the meeting, whose focus was how to improve patient access and repres...
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    Clinical trial diversity: FDA pushes real-world evidence, diffusion of trial sites

    Real-world evidence, post-marketing studies, and migrating clinical trial sites into underserved communities are all strategies the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing to help increase data on the outcomes of minority patients, according to Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, the agency’s principal deputy commissioner.   “There is real a gap between the makeup of our American public and the representation of our Black community and Black women in clinical trials,” A...
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    Can older adult clinical trial participation be boosted?

    The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday convened leaders from the agency, industry and academia to tackle barriers and solutions to enrolling older adults in clinical trials. Highlights of the virtual public workshop included solid data from FDA showing the mismatch between disease prevalence and age representation in clinical trials, as well as an in-depth examination of how older adults were represented in COVID-19 vaccine trials.   S. W. Johnny Lau, PhD, a ...
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    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Strategies for clinical development planning

    Clinical development planning can be thought of as the integrated design and structuring of the steps from the first phase 1 study for the initial assessment of safety, to one or more phase 2 studies for better understanding the product’s pharmacology, safety, and effectiveness, to a phase 3 definitive demonstration of efficacy and safety. Optimal strategy can be informed by creating a vision for the product in the form of a target product profile, examining precedence (wh...
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    Clinical trials, good clinical practice, regulations, and compliance

    This article provides an overview of the international and national guidelines associated with clinical trials. The authors highlight the importance of multiregional clinical trials and outline the principles of good clinical practice (GCP) and regulatory compliance.   Introduction Clinical trials are essential components of pharmaceutical research and development. A clinical development program’s broad aim is to treat a specific indication in a certain population to...
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    Planning for a clinical trial application

    In recent years, global clinical trials have become standard, and for a good reason. In broad terms, expanding clinical trials across the world provides a better opportunity for demonstrating the true impact of an investigational drug. Global clinical trials offer key advantages to patients and industry, but smaller companies may be hesitant to participate in global trials, wondering if the inevitable challenges outweigh the benefits. The key considerations in designing a ...
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    Modernizing clinical trial regulations in Canada

    This article provides an overview of Health Canada’s plans to modernize its clinical trials regulations and enhance health care agility in the regulatory framework for its health care products by making regulations more flexible and adaptive to innovation. The author discusses how clinical trials in several health care product lines can be modernized and looks at how lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic experience can help set up a more flexible regulatory framework ...
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    The Canadian application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related trials

    This article offers an overview of the clinical trial application process and guidance on the regulatory obligations pursuant to Part C, Division 5, of the Food and Drug Regulations for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects in Canada. The authors focus on clinical trial applications only for biologics (schedule D) and pharmaceuticals (schedule F). They provide information on a range of clinical trial submission requirements and communication with Health Canada’s relevan...