What Are Some Challenges Of Patient-Driven Drug Development, And How Can They Be Overcome?

Source: Life Science Leader

A: SUCH CHALLENGES INCLUDE an uncertain regulatory environment causing companies to be cautious about engaging with patients throughout the R&D process, and the stark differences in cultures among industry and patient advocacy organizations. Some solutions to creating an environment where sustainable patient-driven drug development can be successful include:

  1. engaging patients in clinical trial design to better understand the disease burden and what patients value most
  2. utilizing Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) measures to better measure patient benefit – beyond clinical and functional outcomes
  3. partnering with scientific patient-centered organizations (e.g., AACR, ASCO, ESMO, FOCR) to help accelerate and bring treatment options to patients more quickly
  4. encouraging regulatory authorities to incorporate patient voices and support a patient-driven drug development environment (e.g., the 21st Century Cures Act)

Chandra is the VP and head of the Bayer-AG’s U.S. east coast innovation center. His 20 years of industry experience include positions at Bayer, Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.