Ethics/Regulatory

EMA releases data integrity guidance

Monday, August 15, 2016

The EMA has released new good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidance to ensure the integrity of data that are generated in the process of testing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and monitoring of medicines. Regulators rely on these data to evaluate the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines and to monitor their benefit-risk profile throughout their life span. Controlling of data records helps ensure that the data generated are accurate and consistent to support good decision-making by both pharmaceutical manufacturers and regulatory authorities.

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ICER addresses misconceptions about value assessment goals and methods

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has released a new publication to support the ongoing public conversation about its goals and the methods for evaluating the value of new drugs, devices, and other health system innovations. This publication, “Addressing the Myths About ICER and Value Assessment,” answers questions about ICER’s history, mission and methods while addressing misperceptions that may impede the kind of collaboration that is at the heart of ICER’s work.

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Principal investigator charged for insider trading

Monday, August 15, 2016

It’s rare for a principal investigator (PI) to face insider trading charges based on confidential developments in a clinical trial. But earlier this month, Edward J. Kosinski, M.D., a PI and president of Connecticut Clinical Research, was indicted on two counts of securities fraud by a federal grand jury in Connecticut for allegedly trading shares of Regado Biosciences in 2014 after receiving non-public information about the clinical trial from the project manager.

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EMA publishes adaptive pathways report

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The EMA has published a final report on the experience gained during its pilot project on adaptive pathways, a product development concept for medicines that address patients’ unmet medical needs.

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EMA updates organizational structure

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The EMA has announced organizational adjustments and important strategic amendments of its corporate management structure that will result in a leaner, more streamlined architecture and improved administrative support. Building on the 2013/2014 reorganization of the agency, the changes fine-tune the re-engineered organizational model to further improve efficiency and effectiveness of EMA’s operations. All changes will come into effect on September 1, 2016.

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VP Biden Comments on Trial Reporting Deficiencies

Monday, August 1, 2016

Two stories in the March/April 2016 issue of Research Practitioner recently have been updated. The first, “Bial Trial Highlights Reporting Deficiencies,” highlighted a study by the publication STAT that looked at the mandatory reporting of results of human studies of new treatments to the federal government’s ClinicalTrials.gov database.1

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Mixed experience with the Sunshine Act

Monday, August 1, 2016

Pharmaceutical companies have finished submitting the third batch of data detailing their financial relationships with physicians and teaching hospitals under the Open Payments program, also referred to as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. Investigators now face the prospect of implementing sophisticated new processes and systems that can track and verify clinical research grant payment information.

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