With the number of biologics now in development and soon to be making their way into clinical trials, the preservation of cells, tissues, and organs are suddenly increasing in importance. Companies handling the manufacturing, storage, and transportation of these materials need to be focused on improving the yield and extending the shelf life of these time and temperature sensitive biologics.
Clinical News Roundup for the week of January 8, 2017 with information on Duke clinical trials, the new NCI drug formulary, how poor physician and nurse engagement by pharma leads to low patient recruitment, and ways to become more patient centric.
By now, many of you are probably wondering about the recent adoption of the Good Clinical Practices (ICH E6 Guideline, R2). More specifically, you are likely wondering how it will apply to your own organization. In this Q&A, Elizabeth Bodi, senior consultant at Halloran Consulting Group, answers some of your questions and sheds some light on the guidance and how it may impact research, resources, and patients.
Challenge: A biotech company launched a Named Patient Programme (NPP) that required complex and dedicated operational support. The NPP demanded expedited patient eligibility review and urgent drug shipment to an extremely sick patient population. High patient demand from a global population encouraged them to seek a pharma services provider to manage the programme.
Regulators are encouraging the industry to take a new quality risk management (QRM) approach to clinical trial execution. The latest International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) E6 R2 guidelines represent the first update to the guidelines in over 19 years.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have long been fundamental to many industries, and the clinical trials sector is no exception. With the advent of the Good Clinical Practice Guideline in 1996 from the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH-GCP), stakeholders have been motivated to develop SOPs, not only for regulatory compliance, but also as a routine business practice. SOPs are defined in the GCP Guideline as detailed, written instructions needed to achieve consistent performance for a specific function,1 with a goal of instilling quality into clinical trial operations. Yet, too often, after companies devote significant time and resources into creating SOPs, they may not be followed. They may be ignored or even avoided.