Oral cancer drugs can offer a more convenient alternative to traditional IV therapies when it comes to treating patients, but issues such as adherence and reimbursement still need to be ironed out, while payers have to be convinced that oral agents represent value for money.
Positive patient experiences and patient outcomes with high recruitment, adherence and retention result from alignment of the HEART, HEAD and HANDS within the research sponsor’s organization and among all key stakeholders.
There is consensus around the idea that greater access to patient-level clinical data is a good thing – good for science, business and humanity. However, sharing data brings with it a host of benefits, questions and risks for the industry.
2014 buzzed with discussion on how to make clinical trials more patient centric. We tried to identify key obstacles to patient enrollment and suggested practical solutions on how to overcome them. We also looked at technologies that will revolutionize R&D and celebrated medical breakthroughs.
With drying drug pipelines and increasing competition from generics, the orphan drug sector offers several attractions for pharma. Market exclusivity, protocol assistance, and fee reductions are among some of the benefits offered to the industry on both sides of the Atlantic.
In response to the many pressures to become more efficient and the increasing scrutiny of regulators and payers to demonstrate real-world evidence that new medications are truly effective, pharma are focusing on how to leverage technology to transform clinical trials.
Steve Jobs once said, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe”. We talk to Flemish researcher, Koen Andries, who has succeeded in putting a considerable dent in the progression of multi-drug resistant TB. Here, he discusses the deadly gap that persists in neglected disease drug development.