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Validate Your Expertise in PK/PD NCA Analysis Through Certara Professional Certification

In the ongoing commitment to education and coinciding with the launch of Phoenix 8.1, Certara has introduced a new certification program available through Certara University. The new online accreditation program validates the scientists’ PK/PD data analysis skills using Certara software such as Phoenix WinNonlin and expands their professional reach. I caught up with Ana Henry, […]

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Overcoming Pitfalls and Challenges with Software Validation

As a quality consultant and quality system subject matter expert in the Life Sciences Industry for over 25 years, I have worked for many pharmaceutical companies both large and small and as a consultant with many clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. These clients possess a range of experience in software validation—from […]

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Accomplish More with Phoenix

Phoenix 8.1, the newest version of Certara’s innovative PK/PD modeling and simulation software used globally by researchers and drug developers in pharma, academia, and regulatory agencies, will be available on June 15, 2018. Major enhancements were introduced in the Phoenix workbench last year. And as an ongoing commitment to support compliance and efficiency, many features […]

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Spotlight on the PAGE Student Sponsorship Winners

When I attend scientific conferences, I feel as though I have reached my own personal “Nerdvana.” I love everything about them! I love going to the sessions and learning the latest cutting edge insights from the leaders in our field. I love walking the aisles of posters and getting to talk one-on-one with scientists about […]

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Achieving Compliance with the FDA’s eCTD Mandate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set May 5, 2018 as the compliance date for submitting many types of files—Drug Master File (DMFs) and commercial investigational new drugs (INDs)—in the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format. A DMF provides confidential, detailed information about facilities, processes, or articles used in the manufacturing, processing, packaging, […]

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Pharmacometrics Skills Competition MIDD Gran Prix

Sitting around the Certara’s Raleigh office conference room, sketching out a pitch for a pharmacometrics contest at a national meeting, none of us were overly confident in its viability. Mark Lovern had been talking about the importance of communication skills for pharmacometricians. For them to influence critical drug development decisions, they should be able to […]

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Using M&S to Evaluate Oncology Drug Dosing

There are numerous challenges in developing oncology drugs: (1) they are often very toxic which precludes conducting clinical trials in healthy volunteers, (2) the PK of a drug may be altered in cancer patients due to demographic and physiological differences as compared to healthy volunteers, and (3) cancer patients face elevated drug-drug interaction (DDI) risk […]

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Using a Pharmacology to Payer Framework to Support Product Development

Modeling and simulation (M&S) of complex systems has primarily advanced vertically in differing scientific domains with a variety of domain-specific approaches and applications. The pharmacology to payer (P2P) concept is a way to connect independent domains to address drug development market failures. As an initial proof of concept, we collaborated with a team of clinical pharmacologists, […]

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How to Maximize the Benefits of Clinical Pharmacology Gap Analysis

Many companies have tried and true clinical pharmacology practices. But when the rubber hits the road for your drug program, will these practices support regulatory success? Has your historic approach to drug development been updated to include the latest modeling and simulation innovations? It’s hard to change how you’ve historically done things. But, do you […]

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Skin in the Game: Mechanistic Modeling of Dermal Drug Absorption

The ability to estimate systemic exposure from dermal absorption is essential in developing new dermatological medications or assessing the toxicological liability of commercially-used chemicals. Historically, animal models were used to evaluate dermal drug absorption prior to clinical testing. However, both differences in human and animal physiology as well as ethical concerns over animal testing have […]

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How to Plan and Implement a Pharmacology to Payer Framework

Pharmacology to the payer (P2P) is an innovative approach to create a framework for dialogue between drug sponsors, regulators, and payers. The core structure is the sequential linking of quantitative mathematical models—pharmacology, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), disease progression, epidemiology, health utilization, and health economics. In this blog post, we discuss how working with an amazing team of […]

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Ready, Set, Model! Take PK/PD Analysis to New Heights with Phoenix 8.0

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, has outlined the steps the US FDA will take to implement the 21st Century Cures Act. In outlining the plan, the Commissioner endorses modeling and simulation approaches to increase the efficiency of drug development. Certara has launched Phoenix® 8.0, the latest version of the innovative PK/PD […]

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How Clinical Pharmacology Gap Analysis Can Create Value

During my years reviewing applications for the US FDA, I encountered a lot of poor planning concerning a drug’s clinical pharmacology program. This poor planning left the company either lacking data to make informed decisions or scrambling at the end of development to address unanswered issues. Early planning is key to regulatory success, not only […]

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Using Virtual Cancer Patients to Probe the Mechanisms of Oncology Drug Disposition

Oncology drug developers face a distinct set of challenges. Oncology drugs are often very toxic which precludes conducting clinical trials in healthy volunteers. In addition, cancer patients differ from healthy people in terms of their demographics and physiology. These changes mean that the pharmacokinetics of drugs may be altered in this population compared to healthy […]

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Using PBPK Models to Assess Fetal Drug Exposure

The tragedy of thalidomide provides a cautionary tale about the potential for birth defects resulting from fetal exposure to drugs. Thalidomide was used to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. By the time it was banned in 1962, more than 10,000 children had been born with thalidomide-induced birth defects. “Phocomelia,” wherein babies were born with […]

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The Biggest Drug Development News Stories in 2017

When I reflect on the state of drug development in 2017, the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities comes to mind. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, […]

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Using PBPK Models to Optimize Anti-HIV Drug Dosing in Pregnant Women

Antiretroviral drugs are a critical tool in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Yet, antiviral treatment options for pregnant women lag behind the “non-pregnant” population. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the reasons for this lag and how physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models can simulate PK during pregnancy and thus help optimize dosing for this special population. […]

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