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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2008 Oct;11(5):434-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2008.09.009. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Low hanging fruit in infectious disease drug development.

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Infectious Diseases Research Center, Scientific Affairs, PRA International, USA. krauscarl@praintl.com

Abstract

Cost estimates for developing new molecular entities (NME) are reaching non-sustainable levels and coupled with increasing regulatory requirements and oversight have led many pharmaceutical sponsors to divest their anti-microbial development portfolios [Projan SJ: Why is big Pharma getting out of anti-bacterial drug discovery?Curr Opin Microbiol 2003, 6:427-430] [Spellberg B, Powers JH, Brass EP, Miller LG, Edwards JE, Jr: Trends in antimicrobial drug development: implications for the future.Clin Infect Dis 2004, 38:1279-1286]. Operational issues such as study planning and execution are significant contributors to the overall cost of drug development that can benefit from the leveraging of pre-randomization data in an evidence-based approach to protocol development, site selection and patient recruitment. For non-NME products there is even greater benefit from available data resources since these data may permit smaller and shorter study programs. There are now many available open source intelligence (OSINT) resources that are being integrated into drug development programs, permitting an evidence-based or 'operational epidemiology' approach to study planning and execution.

PMID:
18822387
DOI:
10.1016/j.mib.2008.09.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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