Outliers in study intended for RSABE [Study As­sess­ment]

posted by Helmut Homepage – Vienna, Austria, 2021-04-26 14:24 (640 d 16:10 ago) – Posting: # 22324
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Hi NK,

❝ The protocol says, plasma samples from subjects who complete all the four periods will be analyzed and will be included for PK and statistical analysis.


Sounds strange to me. IMHO, all samples should be analyzed.* Excluding subjects with incomplete data from the statistical comparison is another cup of tea.

Subject A - had BLQ (Below limit of Quantification) for all the time points for one of Test treatment and

Subject B - had BLQ for all the time points in one of Reference treatment.


❝ Can we include Subject A & B for statistical analysis


Well, the statistical model is based on \(\small{\log_{e}}\)-transformed data. You have to exclude them, since \(\small{\log_{e}(0)}\) is undefined (for nitpickers: \(\small{\lim \log_{e}(x\rightarrow 0) = -\infty}\)).

❝ (protocol not specified about handling subject with three periods data. (ie. one T & two R and one R & Two T).


AFAIK, the FDA requires analysis of complete data (see this post).

Subject C – had very low T/R Ratio (outlier was not mentioned in the protocol)


When it comes to RSABE, the FDA is not interested in assessing ‘outliers’. See this article.

❝ To handle this kind of situation in future, Can we mention in the protocol to exclude the subject (outlier) with above scenario.


Of course, you can. But I recommend a controlled correspondence with the OGD beforehand. Otherwise, you risk an R-t-R.



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