Author Archives: Scott Millard

The journey to treating fibromyalgia has taken a sometimes circuitous path. After a burst of activity about a decade ago, the pursuit of new therapies took a years-long pause before reigniting in recent years. In the past five years, we’ve performed 16 fibromyalgia clinical trials (more than any other CRO), and here are some reflectionsRead more

In the early days of fibromyalgia drug research, trial site selection centered almost exclusively on rheumatologists and pain centers. But with more drugs on the market and still more studies underway, there has been significant expansion in the number of sites equipped to conduct this research. Up to a point, anyway. As fibromyalgia therapy matures,Read 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

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

The most prevalent gauge of efficacy in the study of fibromyalgia drugs is — no surprise here — pain relief. But analgesic effect alone is not a sufficient measure in the eyes of the FDA, which seeks evidence of overall benefit and improvement in patient function when evaluating treatments for a condition commonly associated withRead more

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