Tag Archive: clinical research

Dec 07

Toward Compliance 2.0 : When your Pill is Connected to your Smartphone

By: David Hamel, Fellow Scientist Cato Research Canada The FDA approval of Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor; by Otsuka) on 13 November 2017 for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults could mark a …

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Feb 09

A New Expedited Review Designation: Regenerative Advanced Therapy

By Michelle Villasmil, Ph.D., RAC (U.S.), Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research One of the many changes brought by the 21st Century Cures Act is the new expedited review designation entitled Regenerative Advanced Therapy (with the unfortunate acronym of RAT). FDA provides brief guidance for a RAT designation on their website (provided below). A drug is …

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Jan 04

Transparency Initiatives at Health Canada

By Amelie Rodrigue-Way, Ph.D., RAC (CAN), Associate Director, Regulatory Strategy for Cato Research Canada. As part of the Regulatory Transparency and Openness Framework (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/rto-tor/index-eng.php), Health Canada has committed to provide greater transparency and openness to further strengthen trust in their regulatory decisions. The Framework will: Help Canadians to better understand how and why decisions are …

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Aug 18

New FDA Guidances for July 2016

By Yuka Fukushima, Regulatory Associate & Compliance Specialist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH from July 2016, are posted.  In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held are also listed below with a link to more information. Special Interest Guidances/Information Date Posted General Wellness: Policy for …

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Aug 17

A Brief Overview of the Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations

by Rachael Gregg, B.A., Cato Research Clinical Research Associate   A Brief Overview of the Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance “Use of Electronic Informed Consent in Clinical Investigations” in March 2015 that outlines recommendations for clinical investigators, sponsors, and institutional …

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Mar 16

Jump on the Development Safety Update Report (DSUR) Bandwagon!

By Amelie Rodrigue-Way, Ph.D., RAC (CAN), Clinical Scientist, Cato Research Canada. If you have an open Investigational New Drug application (IND) then you are all too familiar with the periodic reporting requirements. Many US-based sponsors have opted for the Annual Report format when it comes to their IND (sections 1.13.1 to 1.13.14 of the IND; …

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Jan 27

The FDA Wants To Hear Patients’ Voices

The FDA Wants To Hear Patients’ Voices by Joanne McNelis, Ph.D., Scientist at Cato Research In September the FDA announced the creation of its first-ever Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) to advise the FDA commissioner on complex issues relating to medical devices, the regulation of devices, and their use by patients. This marks a major …

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Aug 04

New FDA Guidances for July 2015

By Brant Hamel, Ph.D., Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH in July 2015, are posted.  In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held in September are also listed below with a link to more information. Special Interest Guidances/Information Date Posted Dissolution Testing and Specification …

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Feb 02

New FDA Guidances for January 2015

By Sheila R. Plant, Ph.D., R.A.C., Regulatory Scientist at Cato Research FDA draft and final guidances, released from CDER, CBER, and CDRH in January 2015, are posted. In addition, upcoming advisory committee meetings to be held in the next couple months are listed below with links to more information. Special Interest Guidances/Information Date Posted Current Good …

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Oct 09

Top Five Mistakes in Clinical Protocol Design

By Lisa R. Sanders, Ph.D., R.A.C., Sr. Clinical Scientist II at Cato Research Almost a Holy Grail for the pharma/biotech world, the perfect clinical study protocol requires no amendments, collects only the data needed for the planned analysis, is fully feasible, and is enrolled on time. The reality is that the average clinical trial protocol …

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