COVID-19 Clinical Trials: News Digest

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July 08, 2020

The race is on to find a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. As a result, there are many clinical trials taking place around the world. At the same time, COVID-19 is also impacting ongoing clinical trials for other serious illnesses.

This news digest includes the latest on clinical trials, both advancements to speed up COVID-19 trials and impacts of the pandemic on ongoing clinical trials.

  • UK universities launch new COVID-19 drug testing platform. The University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Southampton Clinical Trials Unit launched a COVID-19 drug testing platform called AGILE. It will test multiple potential therapeutics. Read the full article.
  • UK trial begins testing second-wave COVID-19 drug from US biotech Ridgeback. Ridgeback Biotherapeutics is starting enrollment for a Phase II trial for its oral antiviral drug EIDD-2801, which will be conducted using the AGILE testing platform. Read the full article.

June 2020

  • Running clinical trials for other drugs in the age of COVID-19. There is some evidence of recovery for clinical trials beyond COVID-19. Read the full article.
  • Some COVID-19 trial sponsors never posted other study results in an EU database. Will they hide data again? Two-thirds of 118 COVID-19 clinical trials analyzed by the non-profit research advocacy group TranspariMED had no record of uploaded results to the European Union Drug Regulating Authorities Clinical Trials Database, though it is required under EU rules. Read the full article.
  • MHRA instructs all UK hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 clinical trials to suspend recruitment. UK clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent COVID-19 should stop recruiting further participants, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Read the full article.
  • COVID-19 vaccine development pipeline gears up. There are 10 COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials. They are working at a rate that could defy usual timetables, which on average is 10 years to develop a new vaccine. Read the full article.
  • FDA’s MyStudies app provides platform for electronic informed consent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making its FDA MyStudies app available to investigators for free to obtain informed consent from patients when face-to-face contact is not possible or practical due to COVID-19. Read the full article.

May 2020

  • How COVID-19 could improve clinical trial conduct. Sheuli Porkess Director, Research, Medical and Innovation from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry talks about three areas for change with clinical trials. Read the full article.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and clinical trial disruptions. Nearly 70% of global clinical trials have been disrupted by enrollment suspensions, according to research. Read the full article.
  • FDA updates COVID-19 clinical trials guidance to address serious adverse events. The FDA updated guidance for clinical trial conduct, including how and when serious adverse events should be reported. Read the full article.
  • Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children launches program to speed up COVID-19 pediatric trials. The Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT for Children) launched the COVID-19 Emergency Access Program to speed up the development of pediatric COVID-19 trials. Read the full article.
  • Clinical trials press on for conditions other than COVID-19. Will the pandemic’s effects sneak into their data? Researchers will need to adjust their studies during the pandemic. Disruptions to movement and visit schedules and/or sickness or death caused by COVID-19 could impact the data of ongoing clinical trials. Read the full article.