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Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Apr 1;25(7):2049-2057. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-3544. Epub 2019 Jan 29.

Challenges with Novel Clinical Trial Designs: Master Protocols.

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Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut.
Merck & Co., Kenilworth, New Jersey.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sarah Cannon Research Institute/Tennessee Oncology, Nashville, Tennessee.
Advarra, Columbia, Maryland.
Cancer Support Community, Washington, District of Columbia.
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut.


The 2018 Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development (AAADV) Workshop assembled a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion session to present "Challenges with Novel Clinical Trial Designs." This panel offered assessments of the challenges faced by industry, the FDA, investigators, institutional review boards, and patients. The panel focused on master protocols, which include umbrella trials, platform trials, and basket trials. Umbrella trials and platform trials share many commonalities, whereas basket trials are more distinct. Umbrella and platform trials are generally designed with multiple arms where patients of the same histology or other unifying characteristics are enrolled into different arms and multiple investigational agents are evaluated in a single protocol. In contrast, basket studies generally enroll patients with different tumor types based on the presence of a specific mutation or biomarker regardless of histology; these trials may include expansion cohorts. These novel designs offer the promise of expedited drug assessment and approval, but they also place new challenges on all the stakeholders involved in the drug development process. Only by identifying the challenges of these complex, innovative clinical trial designs and highlighting challenges from each perspective can we begin to address these challenges. The 2018 AAADV Workshop convened a panel of experts from relevant disciplines to highlight the challenges that are created by master protocols, and, where appropriate, offer strategies to address these challenges.

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