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Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

The Why, What, and How of the Current State of CNS Drug Development

Central nervous system (CNS) disorders are a diverse group of conditions that include psychiatric, neurological and substance abuse disorders. Unfortunately for patients, treatment options for CNS disorders are often limited (or non-existent). To make matters worse, comparatively few CNS drugs are in the development pipeline. What aspects of CNS disorders contribute to lagging drug development? Read on to...

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8 Programs That Get Rare Cancer Treatments to Patients Faster

A variety of factors can make it difficult to conduct traditional full-scale clinical trials for new treatments of rare cancers. Consequently, because so little information is available, treatments for rare oncology patients are inadequate or nonexistent. Luckily for both patients and researchers, the FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have introduced regulations that expedite review and approval of certain investigative drugs. Expedited FDA...

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Life Science Leader – Orphan Drug Incentives & Innovations On The Rise

The year 2015 was a productive one for introduction of drugs that target rare diseases. U.S. regulators approved 21 new orphan drugs, a 40 percent increase from the previous year. European regulators approved a record 18 orphan compounds, a small increase over 2014. Any progress is a good thing, but these advances pale when weighed...

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Navigating Regulatory Pathways to Address Unmet Medical Needs

It would be hard to overstate the need for new therapies that target unmet medical needs, especially in rare disease. After all, there are only about 400 approved “orphan drugs,” meaning that 95 percent of rare diseases lack a single approved treatment. Now the good news: U.S. and European regulators, recognizing the size and severity...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Working with a CRO

The challenges of greater regulatory scrutiny, complex logistics, downward cost pressure and increasingly rigorous data requirements are just a few of the reasons biotech and pharmaceutical companies look to outsource clinical trials. In a dynamic healthcare and regulatory environment, outsourcing increases flexibility by streamlining clinical trial management and enabling sponsors to concentrate their resources on...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Informed Strategy Key to Drug Development Innovation, Premier Research Says in Naming Regulatory Chief

DURHAM, N.C., June 27, 2016 — Small biotechnology companies taking new biopharmaceutical products from benchtop to bedside need an informed regulatory strategy and a close working knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies. So when it sought a new head of regulatory affairs, clinical development service provider Premier Research found its ideal...

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Premier Insight 268: When Other CROs Said No, We Said Yes – to the Nearly Impossible

The client asked the nearly impossible — a task so daunting that two other CROs had simply said “no, thanks.” Completing a new drug application typically takes a year to a year and a half, but the time available here was six months. And the short timeline was only the half of it. So we...

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What’s Ahead in Orphan Drugs? Attend Our June 1 Webinar

DURHAM, N.C., May 31, 2016 — Treatment of rare indications is turning a promising corner as regulators and lawmakers boost incentives and guidance in these areas of unmet medical need. Three experts from Premier Research will look at financial aid, expedited reviews, and other avenues available to orphan drug developers in a webinar on Wednesday, June...

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Europe’s New Trial Regulations: Quality VP to Address 2016 West and Wales Forum

DURHAM, N.C., April 05, 2016 – New European Union standards governing clinical research have significant implications for future drug trials. Nicky Dodsworth, Vice President, Quality Assurance, Risk & Compliance at Premier Research, will discuss these changes at the 2016 West and Wales Regional Forum on Innovation and Risk, April 21 in Milton Park, Oxfordshire, U.K. In...

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Premier Insight 263: The Case of the Elusive Protocol

A customer asked us to do a chart review of patients with hypophosphatasia, an extremely rare metabolic bone disease with a live birth incidence of about one in 100,000.  The perinatal variant is rapidly fatal. A proliferation of protocols Initially informed consent was required if local regulatory authorities and/or IRBs required it. Then the Premier...