Monthly Archives: June 2017

Bringing a novel drug to market can be a long, perilous journey down the clinical testing pipeline, taking upwards of 10 to 15 years. Maintaining research and development productivity while navigating the ever-changing regulatory landscape, the choppy waters of today’s reimbursement environments, and the rising tide of clinical trial costs is increasingly challenging. Medicines that failRead more

DURHAM, N.C., June 29, 2017 — Premier Research’s head of quality assurance will speak on life sciences supplier certification during a webcast hosted by The Knowledge Group. The event takes place Thursday, July 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. The Life Sciences’ Supplier and Contractor Qualification and Control Framework Explored will address challengesRead more

Also called Endpoint Adjudication Committees, Clinical Endpoint Committees (CECs) are an increasingly common component of drug development and medical device evaluation. A CEC is a centralized decision-making body for safety and efficacy endpoints. The goal of a CEC is to standardize outcomes and optimize data quality, ultimately driving study success. A CEC addresses the challengeRead more

DURHAM, N.C., June 23, 2017 — A Premier Research medical coding expert will take part in a panel discussion on the new WHODrug B3 and C3 formats. Lubomir Tarabcak, Manager of Medical Coding, will be taking part in the hour-long panel at the WHODrug User Group Meeting, June 23 in Chicago. The discussion, to beginRead more

Placebo response is an ever-present threat in analgesia clinical trials, and failure to sufficiently prove the efficacy of the researched compound can easily doom your promising new product. The risk can be especially pronounced when studying drugs to treat fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia patients can be — and don’t use the term casually or critically — needy.Read more

As researchers seek to harness the human immune system to fight cancer, they’re looking at several emerging opportunities to expand use of biomarkers. Among them: Human leukocyte antigen typing. Microbiome analysis for determining risk of inflammatory complications with immune therapeutics. Tumor mutation burden, measured via whole genome sequencing, whole exome sequencing, or comprehensive gene panelRead more

DURHAM, N.C., June 19, 2017 — Data integrity has been a prime focus of pharmaceutical regulators for two decades now, but the focus is sharpening markedly with issuance of new guidance from multiple regulatory authorities. Sherri Hubby, who leads quality assurance, risk, and compliance at Premier Research, will address this trend and its implications atRead more

Vaccines were once thought to have great potential for combating some types of cancer, but reality has failed to match those expectations. To date, vaccines have failed to play a major role in the pursuit of immune response for oncology patients. There have been two notable successes — sipuleucel-T (marketed as Provenge) is approved toRead more

Sponsors often face significant challenges in collecting robust, quality data that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of investigative psychiatric drugs. However, before these problems can be solved, they must be understood. Be sure to keep these four issues in mind when mapping out strategies for ensuring quality data collection in psychiatric clinical trials. 1. ThereRead more

Patients in fibromyalgia clinical trials are an interesting bunch. On one hand, you’ll seldom find a more accommodating and cooperative group of people. For years the condition was so poorly understood that many patients were treated dismissively by physicians who didn’t recognize fibromyalgia as a genuine affliction. And even today, the disease’s many symptoms continueRead more

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