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Understanding the FDA’s GMP Expectations for Phase I and First-in-Man Clinical Trials

The establishment of the initial safety of a drug is the primary reason for which early clinical trials are conducted. Phase I of drug development consists of:

o  Research and drug discovery

o  Preclinical development, of which initial IND, or first in humans (also called first in man), is part

o  Clinical development, which consists of Phase I, Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical pharmacology studies

Phase I studies are designed mainly for investigating the following qualities of an investigational drug in humans:

o  The extent to which it is safe and tolerable: (if possible, identify its Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD)

o  Pharmacokinetics

o  Pharmacodynamics of an investigational drug in humans.

The ultimate goal of these Phase I and later studies is to ensure that the right drug is given to the right patient in the right dose, at the right time. These clinical studies are carried out to determine which dose or dosing regimen of the target drug achieves all its objectives for all the populations groups for which it is being developed.

Rationale for a small sample

Generally, these studies are carried out on a small sample of subjects of normal health. These early clinical trials normally use lower doses of the drug product. On account of this, the organization or laboratory carrying out these early stage clinical studies uses only small amounts of investigational material.

This is because of two reasons: The small sample is chosen in such a fashion that it is a representation of the whole study in relation to various parameters, and two, choosing a small sample substantially reduces the costs associated with a largescale study. It also reduces the regulatory burden during these early stages. Keeping in mind these factors, the FDA has established guidelines by which early stage investigational products can be allowed to be manufactured under less stringent GMPs.

Not meeting regulatory requirements makes the exercise futile

Without an understanding of the FDA’s guidelines for these GMPs, the whole exercise of early or Phase I studies becomes wasteful and meaningless. All along, the FDA’s guidelines have to be consistently and accurately adhered to in order to meet compliance requirements, without which the clinical trial and its results do not get approved.

What are the steps that a clinical or pharmaceutical organization need to take in order to ensure that these GMPs for Phase I clinical trials are being met? All the aspects of this topic will be covered in depth over two days of intense learning that will be imparted at a seminar from GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance.

Peggy Berry, the President and CEO at Synergy Consulting where she provides consulting services to companies in all aspects of drug development, will be the Director of this seminar. All that is needed to gain from the rich wealth of Peggy’s experience is to register for this seminar by logging on to Good Manufacturing Practices . This course has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

A complete explanation of the FDA’s GMP requirements

This seminar is being organized to help participants gain an understanding of the requirements for advancing drugs from research into early clinical development and the minimum FDA requirements for Phase I GMPs. She will help them learn practical applications for implementing Phase I manufacturing strategies to meet FDA requirements.

Towards this end, Peggy will discuss these topics to lay the foundation and basis for advancing drugs into clinical development from research and providing required information to the FDA regarding these products on Day 1:

o  Moving a Product out of R&D

o  CMC Requirements for an IND Study

o  Good Manufacturing Practices: Basics for Beginners

o  Raw Material Management

Taking off from these topics, Peggy will focus on the topics relating to the requirements for early stage products of different types and for vendor selection and management on Day 2, which include:

o  GMPs for Phase I IND products

o  GMPs for Combination Products and 505(b)(2) Products

o  Process Validation for Early Stage GMP

o  Outsourcing Early Stage Manufacturing.

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