Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Premier Insight 278: A Decade-Long Partnership Culminates in FDA Approval

Background Psychiatric conditions are complex, chronic, often debilitating diseases, and there remains a persistent need for novel medications with proven efficacy and safety. Many of the established antipsychotic agents are highly effective but are associated with significant side effects that may negatively impact adherence and patients’ experiences with treatment. Thus, recent research has focused on...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

PharmaTimes: Parkinson’s Disease and Gene Therapy – Strategic and Operational Considerations

The gene therapy era can be said to have begun in 1990, when the first gene therapy clinical trial took place. Some 3,000 clinical trials have followed that first study, a resounding affirmation of innovators’ increasing recognition of gene therapy’s breakthrough possibilities for treating a diverse range of disorders — especially afflictions with limited or...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease: Strategies and Operational Requirements

Introduction Gene therapy holds great promise as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, a disorder for which currently available medications do not causally treat the underlying disease mechanisms. However, given the early stage of gene therapy research in this therapeutic area, questions abound regarding its utility and practicality in treating Parkinson’s disease. Those questions have...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Pursuing Parkinson’s Disease Gene Therapies: Strategies & Operational Requirements

While treatment of Parkinson’s disease has traditionally been limited to dopamine replacement therapy to alleviate symptoms, gene therapy studies have recently evaluated both non-disease-modifying and disease-modifying transgenes for Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment, with encouraging results. Non-disease-modifying therapies have improved symptomatology, and disease-modifying strategies – including stopping PD-mediated cell death and/or regenerating lost neurons – show...

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement

Premier Insight 273: Conclusive & Positive Results Delivered Ahead of Time – By Eight Months

Background Patients rushed to enroll almost as soon as word of the study got out. We were dealing with a significant unmet need: Most patients with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) seek help from psychiatrists, nutritionists, or obesity specialists. But there was no approved, effective pharmacologic treatment. And patients desperately wanted one. Objective With unanticipated interest...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Establishing Risk-Based Monitoring within a Quality-Based System as ‘Best Practice’ for Clinical Studies

Risk-Based Monitoring (RBM) makes an impact. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that clinical trial sponsors “provide oversight to ensure adequate protection of the rights, welfare, and safety of human subjects and the quality of the data submitted to FDA.” [US FDA 2019] This has traditionally been accomplished through onsite monitoring visits and...

Data Management & Biostatistics

Risk-Based Quality Management (RBQM) – A Collaborative Approach to Holistic Clinical Trial Oversight

Developing, executing, and overseeing clinical trials is a complex process. Gaining reliable evidence from clinical trials is essential for appropriate decision-making activities regarding trial participants’ safety and the reliability of trial results.  As clinical trials have become more complex, the clinical trial process has faced significant operational challenges. As a result, sponsors must identify proactive...


Strengthening Neuroscience Clinical Research Through Innovation

There’s a lot of discussions these days about innovative ideas to make clinical research more patient-focused. The concept goes hand-in-hand with the development of technology that permits researchers to design and execute trials that can significantly reduce the burden of participation. Development of neuroscience drugs is benefiting from these advances in patient-focused research, as new...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Outsourcing-Pharma – Trials suggest long-acting antipsychotics use should be expanded

Outsourcing-Pharma – Trials suggest long-acting antipsychotics use should be expandedQ&A with Andreas Schreiner, M.D., Executive Director, Medical Affairs Neuroscience & Analgesia