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The Trend in Biosimilar Development and Recent FDA Guidance

Statistical Consultancy Team

At the present time, the regulatory and drug development communities are adapting to a rising trend in biosimilar development in a number of therapeutic areas.

The regulatory framework for biosimilars in the US is still evolving; the number of biosimilars approved by the FDA in 2015 was 1, this rose to 4 in 2016 and is set to increase in 2017. The FDA is developing and consulting on draft guidance documents that will shape future trials, and at this early stage there are a number of legal issues to be agreed around licencing conditions, such as the period of exclusivity and the applicability of the biosimilar to all approved indications of the reference product. To put this in context with the European landscape, biosimilars have been approved and used in the EU for over a decade without highlighting any major safety concerns. As of April 2017, there were 28 approved biosimilars in the EU on 11 different biologics. However, there are aspects of the emerging FDA guidance that will almost certainly be reflected in the evolution of trial designs in the future, for products aimed at the US market.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamic, FDA, Clinical Study Design, European Medicines Agency, Bioequivalence, PK Analysis, Demonstrating Biosimilarity, Biosimilars

The Evolution of Risk-Based & Remote Monitoring

Gavin Boodoo

With a growing trend towards the use of risk-based monitoring, and with new technologies available to support this alternative to traditional onsite monitoring, there remains inertia to implement this approach. Having discussed remote monitoring capabilities with industry peers, we have identified the root cause of this reluctance as an intrinsic fear of flouting regulatory compliance within the conduct of a clinical trial.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Clinical Trials, FDA, Remote Monitoring, Remote Data Capture, Source Data Verification (SDV), On-Site Monitoring, Risk Based Monitoring, Centralized Monitoring

Integrated Summaries of Safety & Efficacy for Regulatory Submissions

Statistical Consultancy Team

Far from being simply a summary of individual results, a comprehensive and detailed summary allows companies to make informed decisions. Producing comprehensive integrated summaries of safety and efficacy is a critical stage of the submission life cycle. These need to be designed and planned carefully in advance to ensure informed decision-making and effectiveness at the regulatory interface. A focus on the approval and whole lifecycle of the product, and not just the submission, will influence the quality and direction of the content. Traceability is key in all respects of the creation of information, from data that leads to knowledgeable decisions and the ultimate wisdom that forms the label of a product.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, ISS/ISE, FDA, Integrated Summaries, Medical Writing, Biostatistics Consulting, Phase 3 Studies, Phase 2 Studies, Statistics

mHealth Apps and Wearables in Clinical Trials to Consider

Nick Burch

Today, mHealth, Mobile Health, Mobile Apps and Wearables are hot topics with consumers and regulators alike. We're also starting to see consumer-grade wearables and mHealth technologies creeping into clinical trials. We've written this blog for those looking to use this area more.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, FDA, European Medicines Agency, Quality Assurance, Mobile Device, Technology Trends, Wearables in Clinical Trials, Wearables, mHealth

Is Lack of Data the Biggest Challenge for Early Phase Pharmacovigilance?

Pharmacovigilance Team

We recently hosted a webinar on the challenges of Pharmacovigilance in early phase clinical trials. During the registration process we had the chance to survey members of the industry, 70% of the respondents were from pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device companies. We wanted to present the data from the 150 respondents in this blog.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, FDA, Phase I Studies, Adverse Events (AEs), Pharmacovigilance, Serious Adverse Events (SAEs), Clinical Trial Phases, Oncology

Integrated Summary Tips

Medical Writing Team


Quanticate's Medical Writing Team have summarized tips for the preparation of comprehensive, well-written, and focused integrated summary documentation.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, ISS/ISE, FDA, Integrated Summaries, Integrated Summary of Safety, Integrated Summary of Efficacy

Remote Monitoring During Clinical Trials, a Risk Based Approach

Medical Writing Team

 

Within the last few decades the number and complexity of clinical trials has increased considerably, not only across the industry but within individual companies.  With this increase comes the enhanced pressure of effectively monitoring these trials.

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Clinical Trials, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Clinical Data Storage, Case Report Form (CRF), Remote Monitoring, Adverse Events (AEs), Ethics, On-Site Monitoring, Risk Based Monitoring, Centralized Monitoring

Ben Goldacre Discusses Clinical Data Transparency [Video]

Statistical Consultancy Team

Dr Ben Goldacre, author of 'Bad Pharma' presented a keynote speech at the Clinical Data Live! symposium on clinical data transparency. 

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), FDA, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Adverse Events (AEs), Historical Data, European Medicines Agency, Clinical Trial Documentation, Clinical Documents, Ethics, Accessible Data, Data Transparency

Data Transparency in Clinical Trials Q&A with Ben Goldacre [Video]

Statistical Consultancy Team

Q&A on Data Transparency in clinical trials with Dr Ben Goldacre, Katherine Hutchinson & Kevin Carroll at Clinical Data Live!

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), FDA, Adverse Events (AEs), Historical Data, European Medicines Agency, Ethics, Phase 3 Studies, Accessible Data, Phase 4 Studies, Data Transparency

Quality Process Improvements and SOP Updates [Infographic]

Quality Assurance Team

This infographic explores Quality Process Improvement and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) updates from a Clinical Research Organization (CRO) perspective. To confirm compliance to regulatory requirements, processes must be put into place - but how do we ensure our SOPs comply?

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Topics: Regulatory Requirements, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Process Improvement, CRO Efficiency, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

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