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The 2012 Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) includes a provision that allows sponsors to request that their drug be designated as a "Breakthrough Therapy". This designation is primarily based on the early clinical finding of substantial efficacy in s serious medical need indication. A Breakthrough Therapy Designation provides fast track program advantages alongside a frequent FDA guidance on an efficient drug development program. The FDA also makes an organizational commitment to involve experienced reviewers and senior management in such guidance. This presentation provides an overview of Breakthrough Therapy Designation and discusses why CMC aspects can lag-behind clinical development and how this may be addressed.
The time has come to seriously work on leveraging End-of-Phase II for setting regulatory specifications.