Author Archives: Joanne Emmett

We were reviewing a study protocol for a maker of medical devices, and there was one provision that just didn’t make sense. The sponsor specified a need for regular data monitoring committee meetings, but we didn’t see the need and couldn’t justify the effort. It was a short study involving few sites. In all likelihood,Read more

While clinical trials for medical devices have many similarities to those for pharmaceuticals, the regulatory evaluation of devices is distinct from that of drugs – and there are critical differences in the way the device trials are designed and executed. Here are a few of the key differences: Requirement for a clinical trial When studyingRead more

While clinical investigations of medical devices and investigational drugs have their differences, what they do have in common is the goal of safeguarding the rights and welfare of study participants while bringing safe and effective products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. Not all medical devices require a clinical trial, depending on theirRead more

As market demand for AVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve replacement) has exploded, companies face increasing pressure to rapidly deliver actionable clinical trial data. The key to success lies in the team. And the foundation of an effective team begins by understanding each role—and, where applicable, how to best select eachRead more

In our previous CECs blogpost, we reviewed why Clinical Endpoint Committees (CECs) are so crucial for successful trials today. But just how do sponsors establish and operate a CEC? It’s a complex process that can be broken down into these eight key steps: 1. Understand the deep level of commitment required in putting a CEC together.Read more

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