Since its inception, pre-approval drug access (PAA) has broadened entry into clinical trials, allowing more critically ill patients access to experimental medicines. The programs, also known as expanded access (EAP), and compassionate use (CU), have typically focused on access, not research. Very little formal data collection has been required by regulatory authorities.
As a panelist at the June 20th session “Modern Solutions for Pre-approval Expanded Access” at the BIO Annual Convention, I shared this vision for pre-approval programs and real world data collection.
In today’s environment, pre-approval access programs offer an opportunity to more systematically collect a variety of real world data that complement data collected in clinical trials. Pre-approval access populations are generally sicker and have more comorbidities, making them much more like “real world” patients who will first receive the medicine once approved by a regulatory authority.
More specifically, data collection on PAA outcomes could provide an opportunity to:
At the June 21-22 New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)/New York University School of Medicine (NYUSM) meeting, “The Need to Accelerate Therapeutic Development – Must Randomized Controlled Trials Give Way?” we explored a closely related topic: the ethical, legal, medical, scientific, safety and economic issues pertaining to the design of clinical trials, alternative trial designs and new ways of data collection. A group of diverse speakers focused on pitting randomized controlled trials against alternatives, resulting in a highly nuanced, ethically ambiguous discussion. We considered the potentially profound effects these changes could have on public health and the regulation of pharmaceuticals.
To learn more about pre-approval access programs and real world data collection, download our latest FAQ, linked below. For more information, please contact Jane Reese Coulbourne, MS ChE.
Veronica Lopez, MPH, is an independent consultant working with VOZ. Veronica helps VOZ develop new ways of building equitable and responsible partnerships between industry and patients, advocates, health care professionals, and policy makers.