Regulatory Affairs Editorial

  1. FDA Issues Draft Guidance On Electronic Records

    The FDA has issued draft guidance for industry titled, “Use of Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures in Clinical Investigations Under 21 CFR Part 11 – Questions and Answers.” The draft guidance provides information to sponsors, IRBs, clinical investigators, and CROs on the use of electronic records and signatures in trials.

  2. Clinical News Roundup: Scientists Hate NIH Definition of Clinical Trials

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of July 16, 2017 with information on NIH’s new definition of clinical trials, Hispanics in trials, misleading registrations on, clinical trials in South Korea, and more.

  3. Could RTT Ease Access To Critical Drugs?

    The NYUSOM Working Group on Compassionate Use and Pre-Approval Access recently released a paper noting inherent problems with the proposed Right To Try (RTT) legislation proposed by Sen Ron Johnson and 46 cosponsors. The key findings were that RTT legislation would not allow patients to get drugs faster, and that FDA actually helps, rather than harms patients. Of course, not everyone agrees with the findings of the Working Group. One of those individuals is Michael S. Smith, Vice President of the Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatments, Inc. and a patient who has lived with Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction for nearly 30 years.

  4. Clinical News Roundup: Should Cancer Patients Find Their Own Trials?

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of May 29, 2017 with information on cancer patients finding their own trials, Marken launching a new hybrid clinical trial service, a call for clinical trial overhaul, and Califf making a new start with Verily.

  5. The Flawed Thinking Of Right To Try Legislation

    The Trickett Wendler Right To Try (RTT) Act was introduced in May 2016 by Sen Ron Johnson (R-Wis). According to Johnson, the bill would ensure terminally ill patients, their doctors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers were allowed to administer investigational treatments where no alternative treatment exists. But for all the fanfare around RTT and the slow federal drug approval process, would the RTT legislation actually help patients?

  6. Clinical News Roundup: Senate Confirms Gottlieb As FDA Commissioner

    Clinical news roundup for the week of May 14, 2017 with information on a new head of the FDA, inVentiv Health and INC Research merging, helping patients navigate cancer clinical trials, new standards for trial results, and more.

  7. Survey: 50% Of Americans Not Aware Of Clinical Trials

    Patient recruitment remains a significant challenge for pharma companies conducting clinical trials. If all potential participants were aware of clinical trials, convincing patients to participate in them would still be a challenge. But that task becomes significantly more difficult when a large percentage of the population does not even know such trials exist.

  8. Breakthrough Therapy Designation Helps Genentech Navigate Difficult Trials

    FDA started the Breakthrough Therapy Designation program in 2012. Since then, Genentech has garnered 15 designations, more than any other company. Jeffrey Siegel has been an instrumental component of that success. Siegel is Genentech’s senior group medical director and spent 14 years with FDA prior to joining the company. He has spent most of his career in pharma developing products to address the unmet medical needs of patients. 

  9. Clinical News Roundup: Why All The Love For Adaptive Trials?

    Clinical News Roundup for the week of April 10, 2017 with information on Scott Gottlieb and adaptive approaches, preparing for epidemic clinical trials, proposed tax law changes for clinical research, and using selfies to improve medicine adherence.  

  10. Proposed Tax Change Would Impact Clinical Research

    Pharma companies that conduct clinical research inhouse essentially get a 100 percent tax break on the expenses incurred from that research (about 70 percent of which are normally wages). If they instead outsource that research to a CRO, they may claim only 65 percent of eligible expenses. The CRO gets no tax break, so that 35 percent difference simply disappears. If a group of congressmen get their way, that situation might soon change.