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    Acceleron, under threat of fines, reports out a negative study

    The day after receiving a first-ever threat of civil penalties for failure to report clinical trial results to ClinicalTrials.gov, Acceleron Pharma fulfilled a legal mandate by posting summary results to the federal trials website.   Though the negative results for its trial of dalantercept and axitinib in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma had been published elsewhere years earlier, Massachusetts-based Acceleron had not previously complied with federal report...
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    FDA updates guidance on covariate treatment in clinical trials

    In a revised draft guidance, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified how drug developers should adjust for covariates in certain clinical trials.   The revision provides “more detailed recommendations for the use of linear models for covariate adjustment and also includes recommendations for covariate adjustment using nonlinear models,” according to FDA’s Federal Register notice of the newly revised draft.   The updates to the April 2019 draft l...
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    New guidance for developers of CINV prophylaxis shifts endpoints

    New draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates which endpoint assessments and evidence are needed to show efficacy for medicines that treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).   The guidance shifts away from the previous approach, where sponsors would choose a primary efficacy endpoint of complete response, which was defined as no vomiting and no use of rescue antiemetic medication. Direct evaluation of nausea severity and freque...
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    Euro Convergence: EU pediatric medicines regulatory framework needs simplification, optimization

    Industry would like to see some “pragmatic” changes to the regulatory process for pediatric medicines in the EU, according to a recent presentation at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021.   These changes include incorporating scientific discussion throughout a product’s life cycle, comparable reporting requirements for pediatric trials to those for adult trials, and optimization and simplification of pediatric investigation plan (PIP) procedures and compliance checks, said Thom...
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    Global regulators issue call for clinical trial data transparency

    World regulatory authorities are calling for increased transparency from the pharmaceutical industry in how they report and give access to clinical trial data. In a joint statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) cited need for “wide access to clinical data for all new medicines and vaccines.”   Data related to a therapy or vaccine “must be published at the time of finalization of the regu...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    FDA threatens drugmaker with fines for failing to report trial results

    Acceleron Pharma became the first drugmaker to face potential fines from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to report clinical trial results to ClinicalTrials.gov.   In a notice of noncompliance sent to Acceleron on 27 April, FDA notified the Cambridge, MA-based drugmaker that it has 30 days to correct the issue or face up to $10,000 per day in civil monetary penalties or other regulatory action including injunction or criminal prosecution.   Mat...
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    Older adults, Black patients underrepresented in post-marketing studies

    In postmarketing studies of cancer therapies approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), representation of older adults and Black patients does not appear to be improved compared with premarketing studies, a recent investigation in JAMA Network Open suggests.   In addition, the sex and race of participants were identified less frequently in postmarketing studies than premarketing studies, according to a cross-sectional analysis of 77 premarketing and 56 po...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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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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    The PhD scientist’s pathway into regulatory affairs

    Making a transition from a life and health science research scientist to a regulatory affairs professional can be challenging. It is difficult to gain the requisite experience in an academic or industry research setting. However, the combination of an advanced science degree, transferable skills, and professional experiences can make this transition attainable.   Intellectual curiosity is often the impetus for pursuing a doctorate degree (PhD). The desire to learn a su...