Although a range of regulatory definitions exist, a biosimilar drug is generally defined as a biological compound that is highly similar to the reference drug, with no clinically meaningful differences in safety, purity and potency.1,2 In addition, biosimilars can be characterized as reducing healthcare costs while maintaining clinical efficacy and safety outcomes similar to the originator biologic.1
While assisting clients with their clinical development plans, and post-marketing studies, our team is witnessing a trend in designing RWE studies with both traditional and virtual elements. With growing interest in hybrid designs, Covance is exploring how we can help our clients incorporate their study objectives while evaluating a range of alternative options for evidence generation that enable faster, less resource intensive and more patient-centric, study execution.
In this second article in our series of three, learn how we collaborated with RWE professionals to create a unique RWE framework tool that can help your teams with study planning in today’s rapidly evolving environment.
SEND [Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data] is more than just a tool to facilitate nonclinical data submissions to the FDA. SEND datasets are rich in information, albeit in a form that’s time-consuming for non-experts to parse. With the right visualization tools, SEND data sets can inform nonclinical programs and yield important insights.
The third edition of the ISO 14155 standard for medical device clinical investigations is expected to be published in 2019. It could be published as early as this spring and probably arrive no later than mid-year.
According to the International Organization for Standards (ISO), the updated edition will focus on a more stringent risk management approach across all stages of clinical investigations from pivotal to Post-Market Clinical Follow-up (PMCF). Continue reading →
How could a no-deal Brexit affect my medical device lifecycle?
Considerable uncertainty surrounds Britain’s imminent exit from the EU, and it is possible that there could be a “no-deal Brexit” scenario.
The full implications are still unclear, however it is a stressful time for UK manufacturers and sponsors of medical devices as companies face harsh penalties for violating EU law if they don’t comply; yet they still need to meet business obligations to stakeholders, clients and patients. The political and legal situation is still evolving, and this uncertainty raises many questions for the device development pathway. Continue reading →
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), incorporating Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), is a chronic relapsing-remitting inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal tract.1 There is currently no cure for IBD and available treatments (e.g. aminosalicylates, immunosuppressant, biologics) have variable degrees of efficacy and tolerance. As a consequence, there is a large focus upon the development of new drugs for the treatment of IBD. While this is undoubtedly a welcome fact for patients and their families, the current level of research activity brings logistical challenges when conducting clinical trials. Continue reading →
Coinciding with National Diabetes Month is the recent publication, Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), which contains the most up-to-date, impactful set of new treatment guidelines for patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Throughout the world, kidney disease is far more common than most people realize. It’s not a stretch to call it a “hidden epidemic,” as the number of people living with kidney disease (850 million) is roughly twice that of those living with diabetes.(1)
The health issue presented by chronic kidney disease (CKD) is magnified by the high prevalence of associated cardiovascular (CV) disease in these patients. Patients with CKD most commonly die from CV events.(2) Also, among patients with CV disease, 30 to 60 percent have kidney disease.(3)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the accumulation of fat or lipids in the liver in the absence of significant alcohol uptake or viral infection. Within NAFLD there is a spectrum of disease ranging from excess storage of fat in the liver (NAFL) to fat plus inflammation (called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH), to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, or end stage liver disease with loss of liver function. NASH is the most common cause of liver disease in developed countries, largely due to the increased prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes. A percentage of patients with NASH and liver fibrosis will progress to liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma or liver cancer. In fact, NASH is expected to be the number one cause for liver transplantation in a few years, making it critical to identify high-risk patients early. Continue reading →
The rise of immunotherapy has been meteoric — there are now well more than 1,000 immuno-oncology (IO) trials ongoing according to clinicaltrials.gov. Finding and enrolling the appropriate patients for these potentially revolutionary treatments has presented a profound challenge, one that was recently covered in the aptly titled New York Times article: A Cancer Conundrum: Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients. Another piece of the puzzle is clinical trial design, which can be especially elaborate when testing combination treatments in IO. Exacerbating these issues, IO trials are an increasingly competitive race to market. There is great value assigned to reducing development times and being the first drug approved within a class or for a specific indication.
This blog article discusses the current state of immuno-oncology studies, strategies for enhancing patient recruitment, the role of companion diagnostics and solutions for dealing with the complexity of IO combination studies. Continue reading →