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  • Advancing Clinical Trials: Technology Is Not The Limitation
    Advancing Clinical Trials: Technology Is Not The Limitation

    The volume of data that gets generated and captured from clinical trials continues to grow exponentially. As it does, it will create a challenge for those whose job it is to review that data. How do you get meaningful signals from the data to know if there are areas of that trial on which you should place more focus?

    Tom O’Leary, CIO for ICON, has spent a lot of time reviewing that data. "For the longest time, the way the industry handled this challenge was to have competent people go through the data, eyeball it for certain signals, and then create a plan of action," he says. "With the increases we have seen in the amount of data collected, that model was simply not sustainable."

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CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES

  • BRIC Nations: Divergent Patterns in the Clinical Trials Landscape
    BRIC Nations: Divergent Patterns in the Clinical Trials Landscape

    The clinical trial landscape in BRIC countries is changing. Long heralded as a low-cost alternative to Western markets, Brazil, Russia, India and China are experiencing a shift in trial initiation by global sponsors.

  • FDA Safety Labeling Requirements
    FDA Safety Labeling Requirements

    Prior to 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s labeling authority was limited; the agency could only request changes to the labeling of approved drug products. That changed, however, with the enactment of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, in particular, section 505(o)(4). In that section, the FDA was given new authority to require safety labeling changes for approved drugs.

    This means the FDA can now order labeling changes if it becomes aware of new safety information that it believes should be included in the labeling of a drug. This article summarizes the FDA’s thinking in this regard, as indicated by its guidance released in recent weeks.

  • ‘Middle-Out’–Joined-Up Thinking For Pharmacokinetic–Pharmacodynamic Model-Based Learning And Confirming In Drug Development
    ‘Middle-Out’–Joined-Up Thinking For Pharmacokinetic–Pharmacodynamic Model-Based Learning And Confirming In Drug Development

    Emeritus Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Sheffield, UK; Vice President of Translational Sciences (Certara); Head of Consultancy (Simcyp (Certara)); and Chair of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Pharmaceutical Federation. By Geoff Tucker

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  • Exposing Patients To The Bigger Mobile And Digital Health Picture – Did We Forget To Tell Them?
    Exposing Patients To The Bigger Mobile And Digital Health Picture – Did We Forget To Tell Them?

    To understand just how far mobile and digital technology can truly influence progress in global healthcare, we first need to form the foundation of the discussion with a few rudimentary facts.

    1. Clinical research (‘a branch of medical science in human beings’) is critical to healthcare.
    2. All patients are human beings.
    3. All stakeholders are current or potential patients.
    4. All stakeholders therefore have a vested interest in progression of healthcare.

    Our current healthcare model is evolving, slowly but surely. How this progression is defined, and how mobile and digital technology can help to speed this along will be explored in this article.

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    Privately-held, clinical stage biopharmaceutical firm Clementia Pharmaceuticals announced that it has received Orphan Medicinal Product Designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its lead drug palovarotene as treatment for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP).

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