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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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IND components

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Before you file your IND…

March 14, 2018 | Preeti Chugha, PhD, RAC | Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs, Drug Development Consulting

You’ve determined that you need to file an IND to conduct human trials in the US. What do you need to do before you submit your IND? While INDs can be opened at any stage of product development, the main focus of this post is on pre-IND activities for those being submitted to support first-in-human studies.

Nonclinical and CMC activities

During a new drug’s early preclinical development, it is necessary to determine that the product will not expose humans to unreasonable risk when used in limited, early-stage clinical studies, and that it exhibits pharmacological activity that justifies commercial development. To that end, nonclinical and chemistry, manufacturing, and control (CMC) data should be collected to include in an IND and support the initiation of a clinical trial. These components of an IND include:

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The Ins and Outs of INDs

February 16, 2018 | Kathryn Tworkoski, PhD, RAC | Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs, Drug Development Consulting

Introducing a new therapeutic agent to human patients can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of questions about the best way to prepare for an Investigational New Drug (IND) submission. So we’ve decided to tackle those questions in a series of blog posts. In this introductory post, we’re going to focus on some background information that will help explain the overall purpose and requirements of an IND.

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RAPS Regulatory Convergence 2017: A Recap

October 11, 2017 | Mark A. Cierpial, PhD, RAC; Principal Regulatory Consultant | Regulatory Affairs

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) held another successful annual meeting (or “Regulatory Convergence” as it’s called) last month. This year’s Convergence was held at the Gaylord Resort at National Harbor on the DC Waterfront and offered more than 70 educational sessions presented by over 200 expert speakers from around the world. In addition, 135 companies, offering a wide range of regulatory services and solutions, were in attendance in the exhibit hall.

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Will the FDA Change the Way it Regulates Off-Label Promotion? One Court Case that May Have Helped Pave the Way

April 13, 2017 | Ashley Godfrey, PhD, RAC, Clinical Research Scientist II | Regulatory Affairs

When it comes to off‑label promotion – promoting a prescription drug for a use that is not included in its approved labeling – the FDA has historically taken the position that doing so risks criminal misbranding of the product under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA). However, a number of recent court cases challenging this position on the basis that it violates the First Amendment rights of drug companies have paved the way for a potential change in the way FDA will be regulating off-label promotion. We are eagerly awaiting the release of a new FDA guidance on off-label communication. This guidance will be the subject of another blog post when it becomes available. But in the meantime, I thought I would briefly discuss the relevant history of one of the court cases, Amarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amarin) versus FDA, that helped put the potential policy changes in motion.

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