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    Survey From CDRH Officials Finds Informed Consent Process Needs Improving

    Informed consent forms (ICFs) may meet the necessary regulatory requirements but are often not written in a way to promote comprehension among clinical trial participants, a new research article from six officials in the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) found. The officials surveyed 399 ICFs from investigational device exemption (IDE) applications for fiscal years 2015 and 2016, finding that overall, the ICFs were...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    FDA Inspection Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Informed Consent, IRB Rules

    In an inspection report obtained by Public Citizen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cites the Hennepin County Medical Center over its institutional review board’s (IRB) oversight of clinical trials that involved dosing emergency patients with ketamine and other sedatives without the patients’ consent.   The inspection, which ran from 7-24 August, came after the Star Tribune reported on clinical trials conducted by the hospital and just weeks after Public C...
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    Court Bars Philips From Manufacturing, Selling Some Adulterated Defibrillators

    Following its manufacture and distribution of adulterated automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and Q-CPR meters, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said put people at risk, US District Judge Denise Casper on Tuesday entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the US and Andover, MA-based Philips North America LLC and two company officers. Under a complaint filed on behalf of FDA and alongside the consent decree, Philips was said to be...
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    Patients Not Always Informed of Study's Purpose in Noninferiority Trials

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week finds that patients participating in noninferiority trials for antibiotics are not always accurately informed of the purpose of the study, based on an analysis of informed consent forms. Unlike superiority trials, which test whether a new drug has greater efficacy than an existing therapy, noninferiority studies test that the new treatment does not fall outside a predetermined range of "clinically acceptable" inferi...
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    FDA Issues Guidance on Informed Consent Waivers for Minimal Risk Studies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a final guidance detailing the circumstances in which the agency will not object to waiving or altering informed consent requirements for clinical studies that pose a minimal risk to participants. While the guidance was released without a public consultation on a draft version, FDA says it will consider comments on the final version and revise the guidance as necessary. "Over the years, FDA has received numerous...
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    Electronic Informed Consent: Final Q&A Spells Out New Recommendations

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized a question and answer (Q&A) guidance on using electronic systems to obtain informed consent for both HHS-regulated human research and FDA-regulated clinical investigations of medical products. The guidance focuses on procedures to be followed when using electronic informed consent (eIC) to help: Ensure prote...
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    FDA Seeks Info on New Tech Helping Conduct Clinical Research

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it's looking for more information on technologies and innovative ways to more efficiently conduct clinical research. The use of smartphones and tablet devices to collect trial participant data seems to be of particular interest to FDA as it's requesting more information on the challenges associated with collecting data on trial participants' own devices, which FDA says may be used to access and respond to ...
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    FDA Says it's OK With Modernizing the Clinical Trial Informed Consent Process

    New guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could make it easier for companies to conduct clinical trials by explaining how federal regulators will permit companies to use electronic media like interactive websites to help facilitate the informed consent process. Background In the US, clinical trials are regulated by FDA and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . Under Chapter 21, Section 50.25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (...
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    FDA Revises Policies on Obtaining Informed Consent in Clinical Trials

    A new draft guidance document issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meant to eventually replace a 16-year-old guide outlining the regulator's views on informed consent. Informed Consent: The Basics As FDA explains in the draft guidance, Informed Consent Information Sheet , when most people think about the process of obtaining consent, they think of it as obtaining written consent from the subject to participate in a medical study. But FDA says this...
  • India’s CDSCO Issues Guidance on Recording Informed Consent

    India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) issued guidance on 9 January 2014 on how to conduct audio-visual recordings of the informed consent process conducted with prospective  clinical trial subjects. The guidance implements an order issued by the CDSCO on 19 November 2013 requiring the audio-visual recording of informed consent for subjects of all domestic and global clinical trials.   The guidance specifies that information about the...
  • India Requires Audio-Visual Record of Clinical Trial Subject Consent

    In compliance with an earlier Supreme Court ruling, India's Office of Drugs Controller issued an Order on 19 November 2013 requiring audio-visual recordings of informed consent by subjects that are to participate in global clinical trials approved between 1 January and 31 August 2013.  The recorded informed consent must be obtained prior to the commencement of the five global trials approved in that time, and the trials my not be undertaken until the necessary ad...