Development and Implementation of a Phase IV Clinical Study

The Situation

A newly acquired company with an FDA-cleared bone augmentation/replacement material (human tissue plus synthetic) needs to start a Phase IV clinical study at multiple US sites in early 2019. They have no in-house clinical team.

The Solution

In one month, RQMIS - acting as the company's clinical team - delivered a protocol and investigational plan that was accepted by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). RQMIS will also manage the clinical study.

RQMIS Develops and Implements a Postmarket (Phase IV) Clinical Study

The development and implementation of a Post Market or Phase IV Clinical Study is critical in not only monitoring the clinical use of your product but also addressing any postapproval requirements of the EU MDR or FDA. The most important document in a clinical study is the protocol and more broadly the investigational plan. All parties within the study look to the protocol/investigational plan for direction and clarity—the Principal Investigator, Investigational Site Staff, Study Monitors, and the Clinical Team to name a few. The design of the protocol/investigational plan must also address all patient safety concerns as it will be reviewed by the local Institutional Review Board. Finally, sponsors of phase IV studies prefer to have an investigational plan that does not require the same level of intense clinical study oversight as a Phase II/III clinical study. Thus, cost is always a consideration.

The situation: A newly acquired company with an FDA-cleared bone augmentation/replacement material (human tissue plus synthetic) needs to start a Phase IV clinical study at multiple US sites on the use of the product in early 2019. The sponsor has no in-house clinical team to assist in developing the Protocol/Investigational Plan, and in addition, wished to understand how a sponsor might collect specific indications for use when the cleared indication for use was generic and broad. The sponsor, of course, had no desire to manage a study that might be viewed as a Phase II/III study for a new indication for use simply because the surgeon was using it for a more specific indication for use that was not clearly described in the indication for use (e.g., product cleared for filling defects in bone versus a product used to treat bone defects/fractures caused by osteoporotic bone).

RQMIS acted as the sponsor's clinical team and developed the protocol/investigational plan for the sponsor. First steps:

  • Align with the sponsor on clinical study goals
  • Identify key stakeholders
  • Communicate with potential surgeons to gather input
  • Perform literature searches for background information
  • Work with third parties to determine indication-specific Protocol requirements
  • Develop an investigational plan that assured data integrity, patient safety, and study efficiencies (minimize cost).

RQMIS Clinical Project Manager, Data Manager and Clinical Trial Assistant assigned to the study worked together with the investigators to develop clinical/radiographic protocols and investigational plan. While drafting, RQMIS gathered sponsor and key stakeholder feedback on the processes and procedures to implemented. The investigational plan included the use of cloud based electronic database/study management tools and the use of independent radiographic assessment tools. Once all parties approved the Protocol/investigational plan, RQMIS submitted the protocol to the surgeons and a central Institutional Review Board (IRB).

From the initial work writing the Protocol, RQMIS:

  • Delivered clinical protocol/investigational plan to the sponsor in the agreed upon timeframe (one month)
  • Received approval from the central IRB with no revisions
  • Was granted management of the clinical study

Need a post market or phase IV clinical study designed, managed?

RQMIS can develop clinical protocols and investigational plans for phase II/III/IV clinical studies while will working with you and your team to get them approved and initiated in a timely manner and within budget.

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