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17 May 20111 Pregnant Women & Clinical Trials: Scientific, Regulatory, and Ethical Considerations Karen Feibus, MD, Medical Team Leader Pediatric and Maternal.

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1 17 May Pregnant Women & Clinical Trials: Scientific, Regulatory, and Ethical Considerations Karen Feibus, MD, Medical Team Leader Pediatric and Maternal Health Staff (PMHS), Maternal Health Team, Office of New Drugs CDER/FDA Sara F. Goldkind, MD, MA, Senior Bioethicist Office of Good Clinical Practice, OC/FDA

2 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium2 Objectives  Explore ethical considerations for drug development research in pregnant women  Examine different ways to obtain data in pregnant women during various stages of the drug development process Premarketing vs. postmarketing Clinical trials vs. epidemiological studies Obtaining pharmacokinetics data Enrolling pregnant women vs. continuation of women who become pregnant in a clinical trial Study design considerations  Informed consent  Outcomes measures  Pharmacokinetics

3 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium3 28 July 2010Prescribing Risks in Women Veterans of Childbearing Age Information needed by HCPs when prescribing for women of childbearing potential  What is my patient’s underlying medical condition? Is pharmaceutical treatment essential for her health? Is her medical condition well managed on her current medications? What are the reproductive/developmental risks of her medications?  What is this based on?  Are there any other data available that are not in the drug labeling? Are there other medications that treat her underlying condition that have better developmental risk profiles?  Are these alternatives appropriate for her? Have I informed my patient about the reproductive risks of her medicines and discussed the relative risk/benefits of appropriate therapies?  If she was pregnant, what would I do differently?

4 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium4 Basic Principles: an ethical and scientific foundation  Agree with the following principles*: “Women need effective treatment during pregnancy” “Fetal safety”:  Data are needed on fetal safety  Inadequately treated mother compromises fetal well being “Reticence to prescribe needed medications: the cost of uncertainty”  What are the risks of not treating or under treating the mother’s condition? “Issues of justice and access to the benefits of research participation” *Lyerly AD, Little MO, Faden R. The second wave: Toward responsible inclusion of pregnant women in research. Int J Fem Approaches Bioeth 2008 Fall; 1(2): 5-22.

5 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium5 Basic Principles: an ethical and scientific foundation  The most compelling reason to include pregnant women in a greater number of biomedical studies is to gather evidence under rigorous scientific conditions Fewer women and their fetuses are placed at risk compared to the much larger number of pregnant women who will be exposed to the medications once they come to market.* The next logical-and ethical-step is the enrollment and retention of pregnant women in clinical trials.*  Safety signals can be more readily interpreted when detected in a clinical study setting However, some signals will not be detected until the drug is used by a larger and broader population. *Macklin, R. The art of medicine: Enrolling pregnant women in biomedical research. The Lancet February 20, 2010; 375:

6 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium6 Basic Principles: an ethical and scientific foundation  Research in pregnant women should only be done where there is need, but once need is identified, exclusion of pregnant women must be justified. CIOMS:  Pregnant women should be presumed eligible for participation in biomedical research.  Research in pregnant women should be performed only if:  It is relevant to the particular health needs of a pregnant woman or her fetus, or  It is relevant to the health needs of pregnant women in general, and  When appropriate, it is supported by reliable evidence from animal experiments, particularly as to risks of teratogenicity and mutagenicity.  Protocols should include a plan for monitoring pregnancy outcomes, including maternal health and short-term and long-term health of the child. *The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Guideline 17.

7 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium7 In drug regulatory science, Who are pregnant women?  Pregnant women are NOT a separate and distinct population except when a drug specifically treats a condition unique to pregnancy  Pregnant women are a dynamic subset of the adult and adolescent female populations who use drugs and biologics  It is important to ALWAYS consider whether, when, and how to study pregnant women in the drug development process Adult and adolescent women Pregnant women

8 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium8 Subpopulation differences: Pregnant women vs. non-pregnant women  Drug dose and safety can not be entirely extrapolated from non-pregnant women to pregnant women  Pregnancy physiology affects pharmacology Changes in total body weight and body fat composition Expansion of plasma volume Increase cardiac output Changes in regional blood flow Increase in GFR Altered GI motility Decrease in Albumin Changes in hepatic enzyme activity and drug metabolism by CYP450 system

9 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium9 Stages and phases: the clinical drug development process  When? Pre-marketing? Post-marketing?  How? Randomized controlled trial vs. cohort or case-control study Careful development program from the outset including statistical analysis considerations  Who? Pregnant women for whom the study drug offers potential direct benefit  Pregnant women already using the drug therapeutically  Women who become pregnant while on study drug  Pregnant women who need the drug but can only access it through a trial Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4 Pre-marketingPost-marketing Drug approved for marketing

10 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium10 Stages and phases: the clinical drug development process  Post-marketing studies in pregnant women Most common and generally accepted approach because:  Body of nonclinical toxicology data  Some clinical experience in nonpregnant women from premarketing clinical trials Factors influencing study design  Established efficacy may ethically preclude comparison to placebo  Extent and duration of use Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4 Pre-marketingPost-marketing Drug approved for marketing

11 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium11 Post-marketing studies in pregnant women  Pregnancy exposure registry Prospective cohort study with an internal or external control group Postmarketing requirements under the FDA Amendments Act of 2007  For drugs marketed for an extent of time Database studies with mother/baby record linkage Case control studies  Clinical trials Placebo control or active control

12 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium12 When to conduct a pharmacokinetics study (PK) study in pregnant women  The drug is prescribed in or used by reasonable numbers of pregnant women and women of childbearing potential  For a new drug or indication, there is anticipated or actual use of the drug in pregnant women and women of childbearing potential  Use is expected to be rare, but the consequences of under- or overdosing are great (e.g., narrow therapeutic range drugs, cancer chemotherapy)  For drugs that are: Primarily cleared via the kidney Known substrates of CYP450 isoenzymes Undergo phase 2 metabolic pathways (e.g., N- acetyltransferase and glucoronidation).

13 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium13 Collecting PK data in pregnant women  Two ethically appropriate ways to collect PK data in pregnant women: Identify pregnant women using the drug therapeutically and obtain serum levels of drug Collect blood samples for PK assessments from pregnant women taking a drug for therapy or prophylaxis in a clinical trial or observational cohort study setting In these settings, the drug holds out the prospect of direct benefit to the mother and/or the fetus  Healthy pregnant volunteers should not be used to obtain PK data: Maternal and fetal exposure to the drug does not hold out the prospect of direct benefit to either mother or fetus but does confer unnecessary research-related risks.

14 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium14 Prior to conducting a PK study in pregnant woman  Established safety database exists in nonpregnant women from earlier clinical drug development trials.  Any risk is the least possible for achieving the objectives of the research.  May be conducted in the postmarketing or premarketing setting depending on: Clinical need for the drug Drug indication Drug development phase

15 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium15 Stages and phases: the clinical drug development process  Pre-marketing studies: questions to consider: Are nonclinical reproductive and developmental toxicity studies complete and adequate?  Are there positive findings of developmental toxicity in animals? Are effective alternative therapies with better documented developmental toxicity profiles available? What are the risk/benefit considerations for mother and fetus with regard to the drug and the condition it is intended to treat? Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4 Pre-marketingPost-marketing Drug approved for marketing

16 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium16 Stages and phases: the clinical drug development process  Pre-marketing studies: questions to consider: Placebo control or active control with established therapy? Are there planned PK assessments early in the study to ensure adequate systemic exposure to achieve efficacy (e.g., nested PK study in Phase 3 clinical trial)? Does the protocol support retention of woman in the clinical trial if pregnancy occurs? Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4 Pre-marketingPost-marketing Drug approved for marketing

17 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium17 Plan ahead: for pregnant women’s participation in clinical trials Two potential scenarios: Women who become pregnant during a clinical trial Clinical trials that enroll pregnant women

18 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium18 Women who become pregnant while in clinical trials  When should a women who becomes pregnant while enrolled in a clinical trial be allowed to continue on study drug?  If the potential benefits of continued treatment outweigh the: potential risks of ongoing fetal exposure to study drug, risks of discontinuing maternal therapy, and/or risks of exposing the fetus to additional drugs if the mother is placed on an alternative therapy For example, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer

19 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium19 Women who become pregnant while in clinical trials  Consented as a nonpregnant woman Contraceptive counseling Potential embryo-fetal toxicity counseling  If become pregnant, need: Pregnancy management counseling New informed consent as pregnant study subject  Discuss alternative therapies and comparative therapeutic risks and benefits  Risk of ongoing fetal exposure to study drug vs. risk of fetal exposure to the study drug and the new alternative therapy.  Risk of untreated maternal disease

20 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium20 Enrolling pregnant women in clinical trials  Pregnant women with a medical condition requiring treatment may be involved in clinical trials if: Access to drug holds out the prospect of direct benefit to the pregnant woman that is not otherwise available to her  Pregnant women have not clinically responded to other available therapies  Alternative therapies are not effective (e.g., drug allergy, drug intolerance, or drug resistance) The risk to the fetus is not greater than minimal and important knowledge is acquired (which cannot be obtained by other means) Pregnant women are prescribed the drug for therapeutic reasons

21 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium21 Addressing Challenges to Clinical Research in Pregnant Women  Recruitment and retention for studies conducted in both the premarket and postmarket settings  Identifying potential subjects  Educating women  Lack of data on the use of medicines during pregnancy  The values of research participation (pregnancy registries, clinical trials)  Sharing and securing personal information  Understanding factors that influence women’s likelihood to enroll and continue in clinical research during pregnancy  Overcoming fears and misconceptions in the research community

22 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium22 Study protocol considerations for pregnant women Protocols should include the following:  Address informed consent Risk/benefit considerations with regard to fetal exposures and maternal well being Therapeutic alternatives to clinical trial enrollment  Study endpoints and data collection mechanisms to capture maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes of interest Gestational dating Gestational timing and duration of drug exposure Collection of ultrasound reports and results of other prenatal testing Records of maternal complications Pregnancy outcomes  Gestational age at delivery  Delivery complications  Condition of the neonate and complications in the neonatal period

23 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium23 FDA Guidances  Pregnancy Exposure Registries: Guidance for Industry, Establishing Pregnancy Exposure Registries, final published August 2002  Pharmacokinetics: Industry Guidance (draft), Pharmacokinetics in Pregnancy - Study Design, Data Analysis, and Impact on Dosing and Labeling, draft published October Final guidance in clearance – Pharmacokinetics During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period.  Clinical Lactation Studies: Industry Guidance (draft), Clinical Lactation Studies-Study Design, Data Analysis and Recommendations for Labeling, draft published February Final guidance in clearance  Pregnant women and clinical trials: Industry Guidance, Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials: Scientific and Ethical Considerations, draft in clearance

24 17 May 2011FDA Office of Women’s Health Symposium24 Contact information   Karen Feibus, MD, clinical team leader (301)   Sara F. Goldkind, MD, MA, Senior Bioethicist (301)


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