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  1. Raising The Bar: The Silver Lining Of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb’s Exit
    3/7/2019

    It was the announcement many have been dreading — but expecting — for several months now. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, 23rd Commissioner of the FDA, announced his decision to step down after 663 days (22 months) on the job. The news is sure to raise concerns for many. But I think the biggest surprise is how equally sad thought-leaders within the agency will be to say goodbye.

  2. FDA Form 1572 And Non-U.S. Clinical Trials: To Complete Or Not To Complete?
    2/28/2019

    As Bob Dylan sang many years ago, “For the times they are a-changin,”1 could be the motto of drug development. Regulations, requirements, and enforcement practices have changed, and industry professionals strive to maintain awareness in order to be compliant. As the number of clinical trial site locations outside of the U.S. has increased — driven by untapped populations, faster recruitment, and lower costs,2 — the challenges have added up. Regionally, the required or anticipated documentation and enforcement of those requirements has changed over time. One document that has recently garnered attention is the FDA Form 15723 and specifically its use by non-U.S. investigators.

  3. Big Data And AI In Pharma Development And Manufacturing: An Inside Look
    2/27/2019

    Artificial intelligence and Big Data have the potential to lower the cost and time of drug trials, to better determine patient outcomes with established drugs, and to better design new drugs.

  4. Medicare's International Pricing Index — Biosimilar Stakeholders Weigh In
    2/19/2019

    Can use of the Medicare IPI achieve lower drug costs? The consensus is still out. However, it will almost certainly change the way biosimilar manufacturers will have to think about pricing their agents. And it could raise further questions about the wisdom of a biosimilar pipeline for some drug makers.

  5. 4 Tips For Overcoming Common Clinical Trial Recruitment Challenges
    2/19/2019

    The current approach to clinical trial recruitment is prolonged, costly, and inefficient and often causes major delays and challenges for research across multiple disease states. The vast majority (85 to 90 percent) of studies in the U.S. experience significant delays in recruitment and enrollment. Nearly one-third of trials under-enroll, and only 7 percent meet their target enrollment number on deadline.

  6. How To Write An Effective Validation Master Plan
    2/6/2019

    A validation master plan outlines the principles involved in the qualification of a facility, defining the areas to be validated, and provides a written program for achieving and maintaining a qualified facility.

  7. What Is Skinny Labeling — And Will It Work For Biosimilars?
    2/5/2019

    “Skinny labeling” refers to the practice of follow-on drug manufacturers seeking approval for some but not all the indications for which the branded drug has been approved. In the small molecule drug world, it has been a successful strategy for generic drug makers to get around the brand’s follow-on “new use” patents that keep the brand from falling off the “patent cliff” long after the expiration of the original patents. This strategy is starting to be used in the biosimilar realm.

  8. Patient-Centricity: Lessons Learned From A Career Inside (And Outside) Big Pharma
    2/4/2019

    Today’s clinical trial partner is tomorrow’s post-approval patient. They are the experts who can shape a program over time, be a voice during the regulatory approval process, and provide insight on what other patients hope to find in a therapy.

  9. An Analysis Of FDA FY2018 Drug GMP Warning Letters
    2/1/2019

    This article presents a detailed summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2018, as well as a comparison of trends since fiscal year 2013. A comprehensive GMP intelligence program includes evaluation of health authority enforcement actions, including FDA Forms 483, warning letters, seizures, recalls, and consent decree agreements. This allows manufacturers and sponsors to identify new trends in the focus of FDA inspectors and to act to address or justify similar situations at their own firms.

  10. 6 Ways AI Is Transforming The Life Sciences (Already)
    1/31/2019

    Most in the life sciences agree that artificial intelligence (AI) will reshape the sector from R&D through commercial. Although AI has only just left the starting gate, and most activity is in exploratory phases, some benefits are starting to emerge. And there are pockets of early adopters trailblazing new approaches and seeking a competitive edge.