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EMA revises anticancer medicine guidelines


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a public consultation on the revised guideline on the evaluation of human anticancer medicines.

The guideline will provide guidance on all stages of clinical drug development for the treatment of malignancies, including drug resistance modifiers or normal tissue protective compounds.

“The guideline underlines the importance of exploratory studies in order to properly define the most appropriate target population and puts further emphasis on the role of biomarkers,” read a statement on the organisation’s website.

It incorporates disease-specific guidance, including new guidance for lung cancer, prostate cancer and revised guidance for haematological malignancies.

The appendix on methodological considerations for using progression-free survival (PFS) or disease-free survival (DFS) in confirmatory trials has also been revised and expanded, in particular aspects related to censoring, radiological review, interim analyses and cross-over.

The EMA has requested that comments be submitted by 31 May 2012.


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