Sunday, October 23, 2011

Compensation package for clinical trial victims in the offing


NEW DELHI: India will soon quantify the amount of compensation to be paid by pharmaceutical companies, if a volunteer dies or gets injured during a clinical trial.

On October 10, the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) gave its nod to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) to prepare a "compensation chart" or extensive guidelines that will specify the amount to be paid.

Ethical committees of the company will have to decide the quantum of compensation on the basis of these guidelines.

The compensation has to be paid by the trial's sponsor or its representative within 90 days of the death or injury to the victim or the next of h/his kin. In the first 30 days, the firm will have to prove to the ethics panel that the death or injury wasn't due to the drug, else it has to pay.

In India, pharma companies pay compensation "according to their will" that varies between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10 lakhs since "no set parameters have been laid down".

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CTRI Confirms Leading Indian CRO Supports Majority of Hemophilia Trials in India


Max Neeman International is the only CRO in India to manage hemophilia trials according to the Clinical Trials Registry-India (CTRI). Of the total hemophilia trials currently being conducted in India, Max Neeman can boast supporting 80% of these with the remaining conducted by pharma companies. 

Max Neeman International has established a team of experts specialized in carrying out hemophilia trials in response to sponsor demand. The team has the required expertise via involvement of academia with industry, hemophilia trial experience and extensive database of best Investigators for indication to develop innovative approaches to optimize complex study design. Often strict inclusion/exclusion criteria and data analysis for such studies create the greatest challenge for Biotech and Pharma that the company's expertise can address.


Friday, October 14, 2011

BE guidelines regarding investigator

BE guidelines recommend investigator should possess appropriate medical qualification, experience for conducting pharmacokinetic studies

Can chairperson of EC directly write to sponsor to clarify some of the queries of clinical trial raised in EC meeting?
Dr. Sreevatsa

Please see an extract from FDA's comment on IRB-sponsor relationship.

The interrelationship and interaction between the research sponsor (e.g., drug, biologic and device manufacturers), the clinical investigator and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may be very complex. The regulations do not prohibit direct sponsor-IRB contacts, although, the sponsor-IRB interaction customarily occurs through the investigator who conducts the clinical study.

The clinical investigator generally provides the communication link between the IRB and the sponsor. Such linkage is agreed to by the sponsors and investigators when they sign forms FDA-1571 and FDA-1572, respectively, for drug and biologic studies or an investigator agreement for device studies. There are occasions when direct communication between the IRB and the sponsor may facilitate resolution of concerns about study procedures or specific wording in an informed consent document. The clinical investigator should be kept apprised of the discussion.