FDA loosens rules on AD drug approval

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FDA loosens rules on AD drug approval

Postby hill dweller » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:15 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that it’s willing to approve Alzheimer’s drugs that show an effect on biological signals of the disease instead of clinical ones, a new path that could lead to treatments years before patients show symptoms like memory loss and dementia.

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Re: FDA loosens rules on AD drug approval

Postby Julie G » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:38 am

Woo, hoo, hill dweller. IMHO, it's going to take some bold moves to get us anywhere close to addressing this global health criss. This is a step in the right direction. I would appreciate if you could please share the link from which you derived this quote. I'd like to share on our Facebook page.

As our Annual Report indicates, our BOD is moving forward with putting tother an infrastructure for self-organized trials or studies, really multiple N=1s, to try to identify "signals" that can move the science forward. We're honored to be continually approached by researchers, scientists, and other innovators who believe they have strategies that can benefit our population. We hope to be making a formal announcement about this soon... once we've dotted our proverbial "Is" and crossed our virtual "Ts." With all of the large pharmaceutical failures and now pullouts, those of us with "skin in the game' need to be the grassroots activists pushing for answers.

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Re: FDA loosens rules on AD drug approval

Postby NF52 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:07 pm

Here's a link to the draft guidance document. It seems targeted to helping drug companies identify and analyze multiple biomarkers or neuropsychological test results that could show benefit in slowing or halting progression towards Alzheimer's. In addition to using preclinical diagnostic stages (which I would guess will become common in reporting study participants at baseline and results), this notes that improvements even when comparing preclinical participants, could result in "accelerated approval" for drug treatments, pending further research to support the final endpoint (patients without treatment reaching clinical MCI or AD). This seems to be a recognition that as the pre-clinical physiological changes are better understood, it could be possible to thwart those changes as compared to a similar placebo group.

To use the analogy of football concussions: if you can show that having no concussions results in athletes with far better scores on memory, information processing speeds and emotional regulation than athletes who have had multiple concussions, you don't need to wait 40 years to autopsy their brains and diagnoses CTE. You can just get rid of the damn concussions. Maybe someday soon, through lifestyle interventions and drugs, where needed, we can just get rid of the damn precursors to AD.

Early Alzheimer’s Disease: Developing Drugs for Treatment Guidance for Industry
DRAFT GUIDANCE This guidance document is being distributed for comment purposes only.

[Lines 228-233] In Stage 1 patients, an effect on the characteristic pathophysiologic changes of AD, as demonstrated by an effect on various biomarkers, may be measured. Such an effect, analyzed as a primary efficacy measure, may, in principle, serve as the basis for an accelerated approval (i.e., the biomarker effects would be found to be reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit, with a post-approval requirement for a study to confirm the predicted clinical benefit).
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