Potential Academic Contributions to Drug Development

Dr. Janet Woodcock (CDER, FDA) stated that for every 10 drugs that enter Phase I clinical trials, only 1 drug is approved.  The cost of bringing an innovative drug to market often requires a decade and a billion dollars of investment.  The paradigm where...

FDA Changes Expected with PDUFA V

The average cost of developing a drug was $1.3 billion as of January 2011.  The average first-cycle approval rate for standard new molecular entities (NME) has increased from an average of 30% in 1992 to 38% this year.  Priority NMEs have fared better with the FDA,...

Orphan Drug Development: Midsize to Large Company Perspectives

Rare diseases can be described in terms of incidence, etiology, morbidity, and survival.  Incidence can vary, however, from rare (e.g., Gaucher disease, cystic fibrosis) to epidemic proportions (e.g., HIV, malaria, cholera).  The incidence of less frequently occurring...

Orphan Diseases… a new pharmaceutical strategy?

As the old “blockbuster” mentality  fades in the wake of relatively weak pipelines, increased emphasis on drug safety, slow sales growth, and the loss of patent protection on older blockbusters, it would appear that the orphan-disease niche (i.e., low...