Clinical news roundup for the week of February 12, 2017 featuring information on new CTTI recommendations, China’s trial application backlog, adaptive trial design adoption, growth in the mHealth market, and Merck’s Patient-Centered Cancer Care Access.
As CEO for France-based biotech Onxeo, CEO Judith Greciet is always looking for new opportunities to bring complementary products on board to expand her company’s pipeline. Onxeo currently has three compounds in clinical development, with one at the end of its Phase 3 trial. “External development is a key path in our strategy to grow the company,” says Greciet. “Whether you refer to this as an acquisition or inlicensing, we knew we would require additional, innovative assets to widen our pipeline and increase the value of the company.”
Paratek bills itself as a pharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines based on tetracycline chemistry. In this Q&A, Dr. Evan Loh, president and COO for Paratek, discusses some of the clinical challenges faced when enrolling patients for the ongoing Phase 3 studies. In addition, he notes how completing these studies will position the company for a new drug application as early as the first half of 2018.
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.