Multicentre trials: a US regulatory perspective

Anello, Charles; O'Neill, Robert T; Dubey, Satya
June 2005
Statistical Methods in Medical Research;Jun2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p303
Academic Journal
journal article
Multicentre trials are very common in the field of drug development. In recent years, multicentre trials have taken on a multinational and multiregional aspect. We provide a conceptual framework for the use of multicentre trials in the context of drug development, from the perspective of drug regulation in the United States. In this paper, we review some regulatory history, milestones and standards as they relate to multicentre trials. Special attention is given to the similarities and differences in the approaches to multicentre trials in the following documents; Guideline for the Format and Content of the Clinical and Statistical Sections of New Drug Applications, International Conference on Harmonization, Draft Guideline on Statistical Principles for clinical trials and the Guidance for Industry Providing Clinical Evidence of Effectiveness for Human Drug and Biologic Products. The paper includes a consideration of some of the issues in the analysis of data from multicentre trials.


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