The Certara Blog: Regulatory & Medical Writing

New FDA Commissioner Endorses Use of M&S to Advance Drug Development

With the swearing in of Dr. Scott Gottlieb as Commissioner of Food and Drugs in May, many have wondered as to the climate he will set for the US FDA. Certara’s mission and business thesis aligns with the FDA’s July 7 announcement regarding the steps it is taking to implement the 21st Century Cures Act. […]

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Things About eCTD You May Not Have Known

In helping clients with their regulatory operations and electronic publishing needs, I’m often asked about preparing regulatory submissions in the electronic common technical document (eCTD) format. While a lot of us have been working in the eCTD format for many years, new start-up companies focusing on rare diseases and new technologies to treat patients are […]

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Best Practices for Writing Clinical Study Protocols

The pharmaceutical industry has long grappled with the problem of poorly written clinical study protocols. The study protocol describes the conduct of a study, its objectives, methodology, design, and statistical considerations and ensures the safety of participants and integrity of data collected. The teams generally responsible for protocol writing are the medical writing and regulatory […]

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Plain Language Summaries of Clinical Trial Results

Building trust with clinical trial participants is critical to the success of drug development programs. One of the best ways to earn that trust is by meeting their expectations regarding learning study results. In fact, a 2015 study by the Center for Information and Study of Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) showed that 73% of clinical […]

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How AI Tech Is Changing Regulatory Writing

Did you know that you’re likely using artificial intelligence (AI) in your everyday life? For example, the digital music service, Spotify, creates “mood-based” playlists that are curated to users’ musical preferences. Spotify generates these customized play lists using a machine learning algorithm that has learned your unique musical preferences based on your previous interactions with […]

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Meet Pharma Transparency Mandates & Engage Study Participants

Most clinical study participants want to know the results of trials they participated in. However, few are actually informed. Lack of communication and transparency jeopardizes the success of the clinical research enterprise. In this blog post, I’ll discuss a new model for communicating trial results in lay language with minimum added burden on sponsors and […]

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Diving into Best Practices for Pooling Clinical Trial Data

If you’ve worked with a client drug development team approaching submission for approval, it’s likely you’ve heard discussions like this: Team member 1: “But, you can’t integrate the data from those studies because the treatment durations are different.” Team member 2: “That doesn’t matter, we still have to pool the results into a single integrated […]

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Regulatory Writing Experts: Superman or Clark Kent?

The day starts out slowly. The clinical lead settles into her comfy chair, pushes up her glasses just a bit and gazes at the shimmering computer screen, as the spring breeze sways the branches on the other side of the window. Then, one email (bing)…two emails (bing, bing)… ten, twenty! The beeps roar like a […]

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7 Horrible Mistakes You’re Making with Your Drug Development Strategy

In thinking about the complex nature of drug development, I’m often reminded of a Dwight Eisenhower quote: “In preparing for battle, I’ve always found that plans are useless, but planning is essential,” Drug development is a risky business. According to a 2014 study from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, “the estimated […]

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The Year in Review for Biosimulation and Regulatory Writing

Happy New Year! 2015 was a year of huge growth— both personally and professionally— for our Certara® family. We’re so grateful for our clients who give us the privilege of supporting them in their work to bring safer and more effective treatments to patients. In this blog post, I’ll be looking back at the top 10 […]

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Is Your Approach to Regulatory Writing the Elephant in the Room?

I’ve helped many clients navigate the world of regulatory writing to gain drug approvals. Our clients’ challenges remind me of the parable of the elephant and the blind men. If you’re not familiar with the story, it goes like this: A group of blind men hear that an elephant has arrived in their village. Being blind, […]

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Regulatory Writing Experts Can Make You a Lean, Mean Pharma Machine

Getting your body into shape has a lot in common with helping implement regulatory medical writing best practices at a biopharmaceutical organization. Specifically, there are a number of similarities between engaging a regulatory writing consultancy and hiring a physical trainer. Unlike “Hans and Franz” of Saturday Night Live fame, who just want to “Pump YOU […]

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Improve Your Approach to Sharing Clinical Trial Data

Transparency and disclosure of clinical trial data has been a hot topic, growing in prominence and strategic discussions over the past few years. Disclosing clinical trial information and creating transparency around clinical trial results are key steps toward increasing trust between the public and the industry. Increased transparency regarding data about ongoing research could spur […]

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What NASA’s New Horizons has in Common with Regulatory Writing

Today, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will pass by Pluto in the outer solar system after a journey of more than 7.8 million miles (12.5 million kilometers). That is, if everything goes well. After a 6-year journey and a cost of $728 million dollars, mission managers are hoping to avoid a mission ending error caused by […]

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Pediatric Clinical Trials and Tribulations

Last month, Certara sponsored the 11th Pediatric Clinical Trials conference in Philadelphia. First, I have to say that the content of this conference was among the best I have ever heard. Each speaker added to the dialogue, and the group was able to share and collaborate on how to make meaningful improvements to the field […]

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Do the Right Thing: Ethical Mandates for Clinical Trial Transparency

The history of biomedical research in the United States has long been plagued with ethical problems. Writer Rebecca Skloot details a famous example of this history in her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The non-fiction work recounts the origin of the HeLa cells—derived from the tumor of a Baltimore woman named Henrietta Lacks. […]

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Clinical Data Transparency Mandates Are Reshaping Regulatory Writing

New European and U.S. clinical trial data transparency initiatives—such as EMA Policy 70, which goes into effect this month—are creating additional disclosure compliance requirements for pharma and biotech companies. In this blog post, I’ll discuss the implications of these data transparency initiatives and present how Synchrogenix, powered by ClinGenuity and a Certara company, is addressing this emerging […]

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Strategic Regulatory Writing for Drug Development Success

Happy New Year! The start of a new year brings the promise of new opportunities for growth—both personally and professionally. As the CEO for Synchrogenix, Certara’s regulatory writing consultancy, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how changes in the regulatory writing landscape will shape the drug development process in 2015. It’s becoming more and more […]

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