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By Richard Chin

Adaptive medical trial designs, in contrast to conventional mounted scientific trial designs, let amendment of reviews in line with the knowledge generated through the trial. This frequently ends up in experiences which are considerably speedier, extra effective, and extra robust. fresh advancements in web-based real-time information access and advances in statistical equipment have made adaptive medical trials even more popular Read more...

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Innovative therapeutics for an area of unmet medical need are likely to garner more review attention than other products FDA believes do not fall into this category. B. Late Stages of Drug Development FDA has a more extensive role in assessing the design of studies that contribute to substantial evidence of effectiveness. FDA’s review focus in later stages of drug development continues to include safety of study subjects, but also includes assuring that studies performed at this stage contain plans for assessment of safety and efficacy that will result in data of sufficient quality and quantity to inform a regulatory decision.

C. Special Protocol Assessments Special protocol assessments (SPA) entail timelines (45-day responses) and commitments that may not be best suited for adaptive design studies. The full review and assessment of a study using less well-understood adaptive design methods can be complex, will involve a multidisciplinary evaluation team, and might involve extended discussions among individuals within different FDA offices before reaching a conclusion. If there has been little or no prior discussion between FDA and the study sponsor regarding the proposed study and its adaptive design features, other information requests following initial FDA evaluation are likely and full completion of study assessment within the SPA 45-day time frame is unlikely.

They also note that modeling may be useful in planning some types of adaptive studies. Special protocol assessments (SPA) may be problematic with adaptive designs because it is difficult for the FDA to commit to such open ended designs with an SPA. Great care must be taken to insure that blind and study integrity is maintained. SOPs specific to adaptive designs must be in place, and clinical research organizations that do not have experience in adaptive studies may not be able to execute the study properly.

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