Scientists, doctors, and health authorities often use written communication to present their research, opinions, or guidelines to the patients. While the questions they approach may be complex, the language should not. In medical documents, misinterpreted information may even endanger the health and life of a patient. Thus, the main goal in medical writing, as in any writing, is to convey the message clearly and concisely.
In the previous two articles, we have shared our experience on various aspects of effective IND/IMPD CMC writing, considering proper planning, assigning a dedicated CMC writing team, and having effective project management. In addition, we discussed technical writing particulars giving some key messages on document preparation. Now, we will discuss other important points. These are safety, data completeness, and geographical regions.
In July 2020 Biomapas started an EU funded project of research and development activities by creating an artificial intelligence (AI) tool for pharmacovigilance services. The main aim of the project – to create a pharmacovigilance system based on artificial intelligence. Biomapas plans to commercialize the prototype of the technology created during the project in the form of a new pharmacovigilance service which will ensure continuous improvement of drug safety.
With the growth of social media network users all over the world, there is no doubt that one of the most accessible and widely used channels for promoting is social media. Statistics show that Facebook and Instagram were used actively with more than 3.4 billion people daily by January 2020 (7). Therefore, since medical devices and over-the-counter medicines are being more and more often promoter by commercials on social media nowadays, there is greater risk of hidden or misleading advertisements (1).
It is easy to notice that Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have become a frequent occurrence in the Pharmaceutical industry, especially during the previous decades. Pharma industry is one of the leading industries in the number of M&A and the size of investments for such transitions. The value for M&A in the pharmaceutical sector was $221 billion in the first half of the year 2015. In 2019, the worth of pharma companies M&A activities have reached $357 billion.
This time we will focus on technical writing and preparation for it. Also, I will provide some primary recommendations for CMC writers. The IND/IMPD being a regulatory document, has the same structure as CTD dossier. However, it includes remarkably less information on the developmental product, yet, the technical writers should understand that they will need to prepare the document in the way to reflect the actual production process and control further during the development in the later clinical phases.
Preparation of Risk Management Plan (RMP) for a specific medicinal product usually is the responsibility of the Qualified Person Responsible for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) and its team. Thus, QPPVs and their team’s should be familiar with legislation requirements for RMP preparation in different regions. Within this article, we will concentrate on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and identify specific conditions of EAEU countries as well as to try to understand the expectations of Competent Authorities in this region.
Medicine is constantly evolving to invent effective ways to treat diseases. This progress is a never-ending process: life science industry develops new molecules and treatments and improves existing ones continually. Experimentation and testing have long been a part of medicine, and it is up until now as clinical trials have an essential part in the development of new treatments. These reasons allow us to assume that the relevance of clinical trials will not diminish in the future.
Do we truly know how to ensure IND or IMPD Quality (CMC) part is written in good quality, consistent and clear technical language? How to effectively manage the writing process? In this article, I will focus on these questions and the initial IND/IMPD, required to start clinical investigations in humans. Furthermore, I will provide the key features and practical advice on how to deliver effectiveness. Firstly, we have to define the team in order to understand if the organization has capabilities to do CMC writing in-house or needs to outsource.
May 2020 – Olga Bernardova joins Biomapas as Head of Global Regulatory Affairs to lead the regulatory affairs department and to ensure the best processes and means to serve Biomapas growth and international expansion. As a functional and full outsourcing solution provider, with offices in Lithuania, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan, Biomapas continues to expand its international team and further increases capabilities for client-oriented solutions.
Mistranslation of regulatory documents such as common technical documents dossiers, a summary of product characteristics, labelling, product information leaflets and instructions for use, could have a negative impact for the company and most importantly could lead to serious consequences to a patient’s health. In 2007, as a result of inaccurate translation, 47 patients had badly implanted knee prostheses. An outer package labelled in English included different information.
April 2020 – Biomapas announced the opening of a new office in Central Asia. The new location in Kazakhstan strengthens Biomapas presence in the CIS region and further improves flexible and reliable clinical, regulatory and pharmacovigilance service delivery to the global life science industry in emerging markets. As a functional and full outsourcing solution provider, with a new office in Almaty, Biomapas continues to expand its international team and ensures the efficiency of services in 65 countries across 5 continents.
Even though the drug safety and reporting of the adverse effects is the responsibility of all Health Care Providers (HCP), pharmacists and patients, statistics show that the one in charge is Marketing Authorization Holder (MAH). During the National semi-annual conference „Pharmaceutical News“ in Lithuania, State Medicines Control Agency representative delivered a presentation on the statistics of suspected adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting in Lithuania.
March 2020 – Sebastien Duval joins Biomapas as Chief Business Officer to lead the business development department and extend Biomapas continued growth in the global life science industry. Sebastien Duval brings over 20 years of experience in the life science industry, previously acting as VP Sales Account Management at IQVIA, and further back in his career working as VP Business Development at Synteract, Executive Director, Global Head of Clinical Phase II-IV Business Development at QPS and as VP European Business Development at Premier Research.
Despite the fact that Ukraine is the largest country in Eastern Europe with a large population of treatment-naïve patients, well organized public health care sector and significant number of medical sites accredited for clinical trial conduction, country has utilized only 15% of its current potential for hosting clinical trials. During 2017, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) gave positive recommendations on 94 new drug applications and 49 of them were tested in clinical trials in Ukraine. During the same year, the US FDA approved 151 new drugs, and 28 of them were also studied in Ukraine.
March 2020 – Clinical, regulatory and pharmacovigilance solution provider to the global life science industry, Biomapas, appointed leading pharmacovigilance professional Martijn van de Leur as Head of Global Pharmacovigilance. With offices located in Lithuania, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland, Biomapas provides services in 60+ countries across 4 continents. As a functional and full outsourcing solution provider, Biomapas continues to strengthen its international team and geographical coverage of its services globally.
February 2020 – Clinical, regulatory and pharmacovigilance solution provider to the global life science industry Biomapas announced strategic growth in Warsaw. With offices located in Lithuania, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and now in Poland, Biomapas provides services in 60+ countries across 4 continents. As a functional and full outsourcing solution provider, with a new office in Central Europe Biomapas will strengthen its international team and geographical coverage of its services.
Regina Auskalniene, Head of Clinical Operations at Biomapas, was elected to lead Lithuanian Good Clinical Practice and Regulatory Affairs Association. The association unites middle size and global CROs in the Baltic countries and is focusing on creating the most efficient environment in Europe to deliver clinical trials. „Everyone in our association agrees that we can run much more clinical trials in the Baltic states, thus creating an attractive place for clinical research in the future,” said Regina Auskalniene.
The trend of outsourcing continues to grow in the life science industry. Global regulatory affairs outsourcing market was valued at US $5.7 billion in 2018, and is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 11.9% over the period to 2026. Regulatory affairs outsourcing may vary in extent (from stand-alone service to full-scope solution), length (project based or long-term partnership with selected vendor), model (insourcing a dedicated expert for specific project or functional service provision), etc.
Occasionally we see the information of a safety signal for medical product, but what does it really mean? We can describe the safety signal as an indication for new and significant safety-related data for a marketed product. The new data could indicate a new potentially causal association between an adverse event, beneficial response and a medical product, or a new aspect of causal association that was previously known. Usually, a signal will be relevant for all products with the same active ingredient, including the combination products. Further, let’s look more at the main steps of the safety signal management.