Clinical Research & Trials

On June 23, 2023 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a draft guidance document with foundational considerations for researchers that are developing psychedelic drugs for the treatment of medical conditions. The guidance document applies to clinical trials that will be conducted under investigational new drug applications, including clinical trials that are not intended to support marketing applications. Notably, the use of the term “psychedelic” in the guidance document is intended to encompass “classic psychedelics” that are understood to be 5-HT2 agonists (e.g., psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)) as well as entactogens or empathogens (e.g., methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)). This is the first FDA draft guidance that discusses designing clinical trials for psychedelic drugs.Continue Reading Analysis of U.S. Food and Drug Administration Draft Guidance on Clinical Trials with Psychedelic Drugs

Last month, The Economist published a call to action titled, “There is a worrying amount of fraud in medical research: And a worrying unwillingness to do anything about it.”[1] The article is the latest in a sequence of alarms that some clinical researchers might not be as squeaky clean as we would hope them to be. Senior DOJ officials have in turn emphasized in public remarks that investigating clinical research shortcomings is now a Justice Department priority, with the whistleblower bar following suit.Continue Reading DOJ Continues to Eye Clinical Researchers (and the Universities and Hospitals Employing Them)

On October 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14036, directing the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to consider innovative actions to drive down certain single-source prescription drug costs as the Biden-Harris Administration works to implement the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act”).Continue Reading Inflation Reduction Act Imposes Prescription Drug Pricing Reforms