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    DIA: Experts offer advice on conducting decentralized trials

    There is an unprecedented level of support among regulators to advance the adoption of decentralized clinical trials, yet companies that undertake this mode of research need to be mindful of some of the challenges that can derail these efforts. Sponsors should keep their computer systems secure, closely adhere to patient privacy laws, as well as follow good clinical practices and adopt flexible uses of technology to ensure data can be collected remotely.   So assert...
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    RWD in clinical trials: External control arms take the lead

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now published four draft guidances spelling out how it will consider real-world data (RWD) in regulatory decision-making, from the use of electronic health records and registries to RWD in non-interventional studies. More guidance documents are planned, including details on study designs that incorporate RWD for external control arms.   External control arms, which use data collected outside of the current trial to provide ...
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    Clinical trial diversity: Sponsors seek clarity on data sources, timing

    Drugmakers and clinician organizations praised the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance containing recommendations on developing a Race and Ethnicity Diversity Plan to improve enrollment of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in clinical trials. But in public comments, they also called for greater details on the types of data that should be used to assess adequate enrollment of these populations, how these diversity plans should be applied to...
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    Cavazzoni: Pandemic-era tools, learnings are here to stay

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top drug official said the pandemic has prompted the agency to consider new ways of working going forward and has renewed calls for industry to embrace digital technologies and decentralized models for conducting clinical trials. The pandemic has also prompted the agency to re-evaluate its hiring practices, and to adopt the use of alternative tools in lieu of onsite inspections, which have become a permanent fixture in the agency...
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    FDA and EMA mostly align on GCP inspection deficiencies, study finds

    A study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) found that the agencies are identifying the same types of deficiencies in joint good clinical practice (GCP) inspections with respect to protocol compliance, documentation deviations, and human subject protections.   The paper follows a mutual transatlantic cooperation on GCPs between the regulators that went into effect on 1 September 2009. Under the program, regulators ...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Specialist vs. generalist, RI, and more

    Feature articles during April examined the roles of the regulatory specialist and generalist and the application of regulatory intelligence (RI) in managing the new EU In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), developing an in-house regulatory database in the oncology setting, and strategic planning. Also included are articles on expedited regulatory pathway options, selecting control groups in pediatric clinical trials, and the role of artificial intelligence...
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    ICH drafts guideline on pediatric extrapolation in drug development

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) on Tuesday released a draft ICH E11A guideline that establishes a framework for extrapolating drug development data from adult trials to the pediatric population.   “This new ICH guideline aims to promote international harmonization of methodologies and strategies to incorporate paediatric extrapolation into overall drug development plans and to improve the speed of access to new drugs for paediatric patients, while l...
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    FDA officials aim to stop misuse of the term ‘digital biomarker’

    While a lot of researchers claim they are capturing digital biomarker data, they may in fact be collecting clinical outcomes assessment (COA) data according to some US regulators. To clarify the differences, top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have defined digital biomarkers versus other kinds of data in a new article.   According to FDA officials in an article published on 25 March in npj Digital Medicine , a digital biomarker is “a characteristic o...
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    Considerations for selecting control groups in pediatric clinical trials

    ICH E10 provides specific guidance on the choice of control groups for clinical trials, but there are additional considerations for choosing a control group for a pediatric trial. In this article, the author looks at different types of control groups and the specific challenges that present when considering the design for a pediatric trial, such as the medical condition being treated, the potential patient population, suitability of comparators, and availability of real-wo...
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    Stakeholders want more clarity about devices used for remote clinical studies

    A number of stakeholders have written to the US Food and Drug Administration about the agency’s recent draft guidance on how digital health technologies (DHT) could be used to conduct clinical trials remotely. Some have concerns about the agency too narrowly defining what products can be used for remote monitoring, while others argue it’s not broad enough. Some are also asking the agency to include smart packaging in the guidance.   In December, the agency published i...
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    EU foresees reenergized clinical trial sector as new regulations take effect

    The delayed Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) is set to take effect on Monday, 31 January, marking a milestone in the European Union’s attempt to improve transparency and boost the amount of human research that takes place in the region.   Currently, sponsors must file clinical trial applications to national regulators and ethics committees in each country that they want to include in their studies, then cope with multiple processes for registering their studies and pos...
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    Califf, experts eye legislative fix for accelerated approval program

    Regulatory and industry experts agree that completing confirmatory studies quickly is essential to the success of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) accelerated approval program, with some suggesting that new legislation might be necessary to reliably get results from these trials in a timelier manner.   Robert Califf, head of clinical policy and strategy for Verily and Google Health and the Biden Administration’s nominee to be FDA commissioner, said a legisla...