Clinical Pharmacology Strategy

Using Model-informed Drug Development Approaches to Accelerate Orphan Drug Development

Maria Saluta

Orphan drugs are used to treat rare diseases and disorders. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the landmark Orphan Drug Act, a law passed by the US FDA that created legal and financial incentives for pharma and biotech to pursue rare disease R&D, and the formation of the National Organization for Rare Disorders […]

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Topics: Clinical Pharmacology Strategy, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation

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

Angela Colbers

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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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

A Targeted Approach to Medicine and Dosing—A Necessity for Sustainable Healthcare

Maria Saluta

President Obama, during his 2015 State of the Union Address, launched the Precision Medicine Initiative “to enable a new era of medicine through research, technology, and policies that empower patients, researchers, and providers to work together toward development of individualized care.” The message given to the American people reinforced the critical need to implement precision medicine into […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

FDA Renews and Expands its Portfolio of Simcyp Simulator (PBPK) Licenses

PRINCETON, NJ – Nov. 14, 2017 – Certara today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has greatly expanded its use of Certara’s PBPK Simcyp Population-based Simulator and its Pediatric and Cardiac Safety Simulators. Under the new agreement, FDA has almost tripled its number of licenses, equipping its M&S review team with almost 60 PBPK licenses.

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Modeling & Simulation Take a Prominent Role in FDA’s Newly Published DDI Guidances

Ellen Leinfuss

On October 25, 2017, the FDA published two new guidance documents on drug-drug interactions (DDI). These guidance documents replace the February 2012 guidance, “Drug Interaction Studies—Study Design, Data Analysis, Implications for Dosing, and Labeling Recommendations.” According to the FDA, these new guidances reflect the agency’s current thinking and greater learnings on DDI and provides a […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

A Chat with Biopharmaceutics Expert, Professor Jennifer Dressman

Suzanne Minton

Professor Jennifer Dressman is fearless—both in her science and her career. Born and raised in Australia, she holds degrees in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmaceutics. Having held positions at Burroughs Wellcome and the University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy in the United States, she was offered her dream job as a professor at the […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation

FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) Affirms Commitment to Innovative MIDD Strategies

Ellen Leinfuss

Quietly, without any political rancor, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA) was passed by the US Congress and was signed into law by President Trump in late August. The FDARA reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Act Fee Amendments (PDUFA) for the fifth time, the Medical Device User Act Fee Amendments (MDUFA) for the third […]

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Topics: PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation, Systems Pharmacology

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

In this webinar, we will discussed how we combined clinical and pre-clinical approaches to develop a PBPK model to predict the exposure of darunavir, a protease inhibitor commonly used to treat pregnant HIV+ patients. Moreover, we elaborated on the study design, data collection, and analyses that were used to investigate the clinical pharmacokinetics of antiretroviral agents during pregnancy.

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

Suzanne Minton

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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Topics: Clinical Transparency & Disclosure, Model-based Meta-analysis, PBPK Modeling & Simulation, PK/PD Modeling & Simulation, Regulatory & Medical Writing
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