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The Push for Patient-Focused Drug Development

January 10, 2022 | Julia DiFiore, PhD  |  Clinical Research Scientist I  |  Regulatory Affairs

Many of us involved with drug development derive a lot of satisfaction in knowing that our work contributes to improving the health of patients around the globe. We offer our insight and expertise to design studies, analyze the results, and hopefully one day submit everything to regulatory agencies so that patients can access the treatments they need.

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Statistics in Harmony: The Role of Estimands in Regulatory Writing

February 25, 2019 | Cheryl Ainslie, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs Services

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In a previous post, I summarized the process by which the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) creates harmonized guidelines for use by the pharmaceutical industry. Among the guidelines currently undergoing revision through this process is Efficacy (E) 9, Statistical Principles for Clinical Trials, which was initially released in February 1998. According to ICH, “This biostatistical Guideline describes essential considerations on the design and analysis of clinical trials, especially the ‘confirmatory’ (hypothesis-testing) trials that are the basis for demonstrating effectiveness.”

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Current Topics in Orphan Drug Development

December 14, 2018 | Kathryn Tworkoski, PhD, RAC, Senior Clinical Research Scientist  │ Regulatory AffairsMedical Writing, Drug Development Consulting

Long-time readers of this blog will recall (with great enthusiasm, I’m sure) our previous posts on rare diseases, INDs, preparation for pre-IND meetings, and the submission and maintenance of INDs.  But in October 2018, the FDA released new draft guidance outlining best practices for early drug development and pre-IND meetings for rare diseases.  Given the near-perfect cross-over potential, we thought this was a sign that it was time to review the guidance, as well as rare diseases as a whole.  So in the interest of appeasing the fates, let’s get this show on the road!

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Getting in Tune: The ICH Process of Harmonizing Guidelines

August 16, 2018 | Cheryl Ainslie, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist II  │ Regulatory Affairs Services

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“The only constant is change,” commonly attributed to the Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is as true today as it was in 500 BCE.  In the global industry of drug development, the conduct and reporting of clinical trials may change to a small degree with every new study proposed.  But what happens when there is growth or momentum for change that could impact the industry as a whole?

The Role of ICH

In a previous post, Ilana discussed the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH, previously called the International Conference on Harmonisation) guideline for clinical study report authoring, Efficacy Guideline 3 (E3).  The goal of the post you are reading is to take a step backward and explain how ICH guidelines are proposed, evaluated, and (possibly) adopted.  This process is key to understanding the function and operation of ICH to ensure that drug development is highly efficient and scientifically sound.

Created in 1990, the ICH of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use comprises experts from regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical industry in the EU, US, and Japan.

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Ready to Submit Your Initial IND?

April 20, 2018 | Kasturi Puranam, PhD | Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs, Drug Development Consulting

I hope that you have read our previous blog posts on IND filing and have learned about the types of INDs, when you need to file an IND, and pre-IND activities. Continue reading this post to understand the process of submitting an initial IND and the subsequent IND-related steps to take as you proceed towards your marketing application.

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