Outliers: The FDA follows the EMA [BE/BA News]

posted by Helmut Homepage – Vienna, Austria, 2019-03-05 01:24  – Posting: # 19999
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Dear all,

on Feb 26, the FDA published a new draft Guidance

Bioavailability Studies Submitted in NDAs or INDs — General Considerations.

As usual the previous draft (of Feb 2014) was removed from the FDA’s site (still at www.regulations.gov*) but can be comfortably obtained from the [image] Internet Archive.

Interesting that between the paragraphs

Subjects with pre-dose plasma concentrations

and

Data deletion because of vomiting

there is a new one (p 27, lines 952–961):

Handling Outliers
If any data are identified as statistical outliers, sponsors should not remove the data from the statistical analysis of BA studies solely based on this fact. The only instance where outlier data can be removed from the statistical analysis of a BA study is when there is coinciding documentation demonstrating a protocol violation (e.g., real-time documentation of a sample processing error as opposed to a retrospective investigation based on the analytical results). Data from re-dosing studies are not considered as evidence to support the removal of outlier data from the statistical analysis. Data from all subjects should be submitted, and potential outliers should be flagged with appropriate documentation as part of the submission.

This is like what we have in the EU but contradicts what we discussed at the 2nd GBHI-conference in Rockville…

I expect a similar move in the ANDA-guidance.



Cheers,
Helmut Schütz
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