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The Journey Leading to an Approved NDA
In 2010, following a referral from another company, IMPACT (now part of Syner-G BioPharma Group) was contacted by a mid-size biopharmaceutical company to assist them with an upcoming NDA for a new chemical entity in the treatment of an orphan condition.
Over the next year, IMPACT authored the following documents for the client:
- Pre-NDA meeting package
- 5 clinical study reports
- All clinical components of the NDA, including the Integrated Summaries of Efficacy and Safety (ISE and ISS), the Summaries of Clinical Efficacy and Safety (Modules 2.7.3 and 2.7.4), and the Clinical Overview (Module 2.5)
IMPACT was also responsible for managing the NDA, which entailed the following:
- Coordinating all medical writing and quality control activities
- Collaborating with the client’s third party biostatistics vendor during the production of statistical analysis plans and the generation of final tables, listings, and figures
- Working with the company’s electronic publishing vendor to ensure that fully-compiled, submission-ready documents were produced
In addition, the IMPACT team worked very closely with the client in developing the key message points that needed to be addressed across all of the submission documents in support of the proposed label, and the IMPACT Project Manager provided input on ways to address a number of challenging clinical and regulatory issues within the application.
Subsequent to the on-time submission of the NDA, IMPACT was asked to author the client’s FDA Advisory Committee Briefing Document. Although the Advisory Committee recommended approval of the client’s drug, the Agency ultimately did not approve the NDA and requested that a second pivotal trial be conducted.
Following completion of the second trial, IMPACT was again asked to provide medical writing services for the client. IMPACT authored the CSR for the newly-conducted trial as well as the updated ISS, and provided critical reviews of the updated ISE and Clinical Overview.
After the submission of the amended application, IMPACT wrote the client’s Briefing Document for their second meeting with the FDA Advisory Committee. Following an overwhelmingly positive vote at the second meeting, the FDA approved the client’s product in February 2014 for the treatment of a debilitating orphan condition for which, prior to this approval, there existed a significant unmet medical need.
Over the life of this project, the relationship that evolved between this particular client and IMPACT is something we strive for with all of our clients. The IMPACT team became emotionally invested in this project because of our belief in and dedication to the client, as well as our desire to help them address a significant unmet medical need. The client did not view us simply as “contractors” but, instead, we became trusted members of their overall project team. And together, despite a number of roadblocks that needed to be circumvented along the way, we helped to get a drug to market that may drastically improve patients’ overall quality of life.
“Hiring the team at IMPACT was one of the best moves my company made in getting our drug approved. The team at IMPACT was not only critical to our success, they de facto became an extension of our company! Nobody knew the issues, the data, and the strategy behind our project more than the team at IMPACT. They took a complicated and challenging project and turned it into a total success, despite the odds against us. I heartily recommend IMPACT for anyone dealing with FDA or requiring other regulatory and medical writing work – they are a class act through and through.”
–Client’s Chief Medical Officer