Clinical Guest Contributors

  1. Emerging Strategies For Pre-Launch Access Programs

    In recent years, a growing number of pharmaceutical companies have recognized the potential benefits of pre-launch access programs, either as components of later-stage clinical development or early access programs or to support importation of drugs into countries recognizing an FDA or European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval. 

  2. Incorporating Patient-Centric Outcome Metrics In Rare Disease Trials

    Commercial viability of pharmaceuticals depends on getting medicines to patients, which requires developers to evaluate investigative therapies using outcomes that are quantifiable, easy to interpret, and clinically relevant. However, clinical relevance is often a matter of stakeholder perspective: what developers view as meaningful may not appear as such to patients and caregivers.

  3. From Cowardly Lions To Courageous Decision Makers: What ClinOps Needs Now

    Fall is in the air, and Halloween is just around the corner. I always associate Halloween with “The Wizard of Oz.” When I grew up, Halloween meant reruns of the movie and was a highly anticipated annual family viewing event. Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West, those creepy flying monkeys, and, of course, the Wizard. We all had our favorite characters, and my poor parents had to contend with my post-movie nightmares for days. But it’s the Cowardly Lion who's been on my mind recently. 

  4. Blame Shouldn’t Be Filed In The TMF: A Call For Trial Master File Process Improvement

    “A bad system will beat a good person every time.”1 This quote by legendary management thinker W. Edwards Deming introduces the fundamental concept underlying process thinking. Process thinking, as the name implies, is a human factors-derived philosophy concerned with viewing the world through a process-oriented perspective. Processes are the essential components of our systems that enable them to execute their purpose: any set of steps designed to achieve an objective can be considered a process. The wide scope of this definition reflects the abundance of processes in all areas of our lives – both inside and outside the workplace. Based on this definition, a process is an objective-driven task.

  5. A Better Approach To Selecting And Overseeing GCP/GLP Vendors And Processes

    This is the third article in a series examining strategies that allow quality groups to collaborate with good clinical practice (GCP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) divisions to improve compliance, increase clinical study robustness, and enhance data integrity.

  6. An Introduction To Financial Benchmarking In Biopharma Clinical Development

    The high cost and failure rate of new drug candidates going through clinical trials are well documented and a recurring subject of research both by industry and academia.1 Further, the cost of drug development is a debated topic, and there is no consensus on what the “true cost” is because of the different methods used for these calculations.2 The lack of adequate comparable cost data and value measures also makes it difficult for pharmaceutical sponsors and trial sites to implement financial benchmarking for planning, costing, and budget management.

  7. To Get Better Results, Talk To The Real Audience

    While controversy continues to simmer over who is accountable for posting results on, perhaps the “results debate” masks the more challenging problem: is not working for its intended audience.

  8. Why All The Hype Around Real-World Evidence? Here’s What You Need To Know

    This is part 2 of a two-part roundtable Q&A on real-world evidence (RWE) in the 21st century. In this installment, our experts discuss how RWE is utilized, why real-world data (RWD) analyses are getting more attention, and what the recent attention means for the future of medical practice and drug development. RWD analyses are utilized to generate insights about a medicine’s effectiveness, safety, and associated costs.

  9. R&D Data Sharing: Where We Are & Where We Need To Go

    The clinical research industry has been slow to efficiently use and repurpose data collected in clinical trials. The lack of ease, both from an ethos and technical perspective, with which pharmaceutical companies can access and share data can lead to lengthier product development, untapped study findings, and reduced collaboration between industry stakeholders. As trials become increasingly complex and costly, it is especially important to develop approaches that facilitate and encourage R&D data sharing. This not only helps clinical trial sponsors to create better informed clinical development plans and run smaller, more efficient trials, but allows patients to enroll in trials sooner and, therefore, bring innovative new therapies to the market faster.

  10. What Is Real-World Evidence, Anyway? Industry Experts Weigh In

    This is the first article in a two-part roundtable Q&A on real-world evidence (RWE) in the 21st century. In this first installment, we will explore common misconceptions surrounding real-world evidence (RWE), what should be considered to achieve good real-world data (RWD) analyses, and the impact this data can have on clinical treatment and regulatory development.