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    Stakeholders seek clarity on FDA cell and gene therapy draft guidance

    Industry, medical societies and other stakeholders have weighed in on draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing how sponsors that want to study multiple versions of cell and gene therapies could combine them in a single “umbrella” trial.   The draft guidance, released in September 2021, outlined FDA’s proposed thinking for how this process would work. For cell and gene therapies intended to treat a single disease, sponsors would typically ...
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    Digital health tech in clinical investigations: FDA issues draft guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration, as part of an end-of-year spate of guidance documents, has issued a draft guidance for sponsors who wish to use digital tech to aid in remote clinical data acquisition.   Digital health technologies (DHTs) stand to benefit clinical investigations in a multitude of ways, but regulatory considerations have to be weighed as the technologies are employed, noted the agency in setting out the background for the draft guidance, issued in l...
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    Unannounced FDA inspections in India, China to begin soon

    An official with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency will soon resume unannounced onsite inspections in India and China. Also, prioritized foreign inspections will resume in February.   Elizabeth Miller, assistant commissioner for medical products and tobacco operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), provided this update on the agency’s inspection activities at a 9 December virtual conference on enforcement sponsored by the Fo...
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    Pediatric drug development: Increasing success and overcoming obstacles

    This article discusses pediatric drug development in the EU and US, with an emphasis on overcoming regulatory obstacles. The authors present the commonalities and differences between US and EU regulations and guidelines and examine the legislative acts and subsequent regulatory requirements, while outlining the necessary steps for successful implementation of pediatric drug clinical trials. They conclude with a discussion of three case studies that highlight strategic init...
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    FDA could do more to enforce ClinicalTrials.gov reporting requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t been notifying most clinical trial sponsors they are in violation of reporting requirements.   That’s according to results of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) investigation by Reshma Ramachandran, of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, and colleagues in a recent Viewpoint published in JAMA .   In January 2017, a final rule issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) determining ClinicalTrials.go...
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    Study: RWD not ready for postapproval prime time

    For drugs and biologics that receive accelerated approval, could information drawn from real-world data sources supplant traditional postapproval clinical trials to confirm that the therapies have benefit? Real-world data (RWD) are not yet robust enough to confirm the benefit of drugs awarded accelerated approval based on surrogate endpoints, answered the authors of a recent study.   “The findings of this cross-sectional study suggest that none of the 50 [Food and Drug...
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    Friends of Cancer Research urges early dose-finding studies to reduce treatment toxicity

    Friends of Cancer Research is calling on all stakeholders in the cancer community to move away from the idea of “more is better” in drug dosing and begin to incorporate dose-finding studies into the cancer trial process.   Dose optimization is the focus of a new white paper that the group released at its 25 th annual meeting. The paper offers recommendations for performing adequate dose optimization studies in oncology, with a focus on the pre-market setting. “These...
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    Strategies for pediatric clinical trials and drug development

    This article discusses the considerations for designing and conducting pediatric clinical trials from a pediatrician’s perspective. The author covers pediatric subpopulations, issues related to age, endpoints, and pharmacokinetic considerations, while presenting practical solutions and ethical considerations. Patient and family‒centric approach to studies and engagement with patient advocacy groups are also discussed. The author concludes with some recommendations about pe...
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    EMA readies CTIS go-live plan

    A new electronic information system for clinical trial reporting in the EU is one step closer to launch with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Thursday publication of a go-live planning document.   The 12-page document covers key steps remaining before the launch of the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS), planned for 31 January 2022, and follows an April 2021 audit by EMA’s management board that confirmed that CTIS is “fully functional and meets the agreed ...
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    ICH announces sign-off on good clinical practices guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that the E8(R1) guideline on general considerations for clinical studies had reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators. The widely anticipated guideline modernizes the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials by adopting quality by design principles. The guideline incorporates “current concepts achieving fit-for-purpose data quality.”   ICH announced that “the modernisation of IC...
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    New guide to clinical trial lay summaries available for EU sponsors

    The European Commission (EC) has laid out recommendations on best practices for preparation, translation and dissemination of lay summaries of clinical trial information, intended both for trial participants and the general public, in a newly published document.   The EC’s Clinical Trials Expert Group (CTEG) adopted the guidelines in July 2021; the 85-page document walks users through the lay summary (LS) process from the planning and scoping stage, through the develop...
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    FDA drafts safety reporting guidance for drug and device investigators

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for clinical trial investigators outlining their safety reporting duties for investigational drugs and devices.   The draft , published on 29 September 2021, is focused exclusively on the role of investigators – not sponsors – and merges past final guidance from 2009 and 2012 on safety reporting that was previously mixed in with advice to sponsors. The prior guidance will remain in effect until the new ...