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Scope of clinical research in india nagpur 6 apr 2008

Scope of clinical research in IndiaNagpur-6 apr 2008

Prof K M Prasanna Kumar

Srprof & Head-Endocrinology & Diabetes

M S Ramaiah Medical college

Why undertake clinical research
Why undertake clinical research?

  • Are people guinea pigs and mice?

  • Men are not mice

  • Efficacy

  • Safety

  • Ethnic and racial variations

  • Pattern of clinical conditions/ management

  • Reporting of unusual clinical situations

  • Reporting of index case

Clinical investigation
Clinical Investigation

  • A systematic study designed to evaluate a product (drug, device, or biologic) using human subjects, in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of a disease or condition, as determined by the product's benefits relative to its risks. Clinical investigations can only be conducted with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/DCGI

Clinical trial
Clinical trial

  • Any investigation in human subjects intended to determine the clinical pharmacological, pharmacokinetic, and/or other pharmacodynamic effects of an investigational agent, and/or to identify any adverse reactions to an investigational agent to assess the agent's safety and efficacy.

Clinical research
Clinical Research

  • Study of drug, biologic or device in human subjects with the intent to discover potential beneficial effects and/or determine its safety and efficacy. Also called clinical study and clinical investigation. This does not encompass all the research that is carried out in the clinical setting (e.g., health services research).

Steps to successful start
Steps to successful start

  • Invitaion from sponsor

  • Confidentiality agreement

  • Review of protocol

  • Site selection

  • Investigator meeting

  • IRB approval

  • Site initiation

  • Begin study

Why should people participate in clinical research
Why should people participate in clinical research?

  • People participate in clinical research for a variety of reasons. People who volunteer for phase II and phase III trials can gain access to promising drugs long before these compounds are approved for the marketplace. They typically will get excellent care from the physicians during the course of the study. This care also may be free.


  • Contract Research Organization (CRO)

  • A person or an organization (commercial, academic or other) contracted by the sponsor to perform one or more of a sponsor's study-related duties and functions


  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • International ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, monitoring, recording, auditing, analyzing and reporting studies. Insures that the data reported is credible and accurate, and that subject's rights and confidentiality are protected.


  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • An independent group of professionals designated to review and approve the clinical protocol, informed consent forms, study advertisements, and patient brochures, to ensure that the study is safe and effective for human participation. It is also the IRB's responsibility to ensure that the study adheres to the FDA‘/DCGI’s regulations.


  • Investigator

  • A medical professional, usually a physician but may also be a nurse, pharmacist or other health care professional, under whose direction an investigational drug is administered or dispensed. A principal investigator is responsible for the overall conduct of the clinical trial at his/her site.


Case Report Form (CRF)

A record of pertinent information collected on each subject during a clinical trial, as outlined in the study protocol

Phase 1
Phase 1

  • A Phase One Study:

  • Phase I studies are primarily concerned with assessing the drug's safety.

  • This initial phase of testing in humans is done in a small number of healthy volunteers (20 to 100), who are usually paid for participating in the study. The study is designed to determine what happens to the drug in the human body--how it is absorbed, metabolized, and excreted.

  • About 70 percent of experimental drugs pass this initial phase of testing.

Phase 2
Phase 2

  • Once a drug has been shown to be safe, it must be tested for efficacy. This second phase of testing may last from several months to two years, and involve up to several hundred patients.

  • One group of patients will receive the experimental drug, while a second "control" group will receive a standard treatment or placebo.

  • Often these studies are "blinded"--neither the patients nor the researchers know who is getting the experimental drug.

  • Only about one-third of experimental drugs successfully complete both phase I and phase II studies

Phase 3
Phase 3

  • In a phase III study, a drug is tested in several hundred to several thousand patients.

  • Provides thorough understanding of the drug's effectiveness, benefits, and the range of possible adverse reactions. Most phase III studies are randomized and blinded trials.

  • 70 to 90 % of drugs that enter phase III studies successfully complete this phase of testing. Once a phase III study is successfully completed- approval for marketing the drug.

Phase 4
Phase 4

  • In late phase III/phase IV studies, pharmaceutical companies have several objectives:

  • (1) studies often compare a drug with other drugs already in the market;

  • (2) studies are often designed to monitor a drug's long-term effectiveness and impact on a patient's quality of life; and

  • (3) many studies are designed to determine the cost-effectiveness of a drug therapy relative to other traditional and new therapies.

Who pays for clinical research
Who pays for clinical research?

  • Funding for clinical research comes from both the federal government (through the National Institutes of Health) and private industry (pharmaceutical and biotech companies).

  • The sponsor of the research hires physicians, who may work in a wide variety of health-care settings, to conduct the clinical trial.

  • Physicians are typically paid on a per-patient basis. The medical care is often provided free to the patient.

Global scenario
Global Scenario

  • Global Pharmaceutical market-

    US $ 427 billion

  • R&D costs-US $ 60-65 billion

  • 70% of R&D money goes towards drug development

  • Clinical Trail Research-70% of time&money spent-US $ 13 billion

Global scenario1
Global Scenario

  • Focus on reducing costs of clinical development

  • Contract Research Organizations gaining importance

  • Timely clinical trails extremely important,on account of steadily increasing number of global studies

  • Increasing global trend towards collaboration and outsourcing

  • Market today is estimated at US $9 billion


  • Age of globalization

  • Share resources and benefits

  • Global pharmaceutical industry undergoing a paradigm shift

  • New technologies in R&D,health care costs,consumerism and uniform IP laws are making companies to rethink and re-align strategies

  • Focus on R&D productivity, reducing development time and controlling overall R&D expenditure

Indian scenario
Indian Scenario

  • Indian pharmaceutical industry fast growing

  • Health care market US $ 40-50 billion

  • Global in outlook,focus on R&D and NNDS

  • Tremendous potential for Clinical Research

  • Potential opportunity US $ 2 billion by 2010

  • Between 1991-2001 performed clinical research is estimated US $ 70-80 million

Clinical research in india
Clinical research in India

  • India is getting to be known as a hot destination for executing clinical trials.

  • In this mad melee, what are the determinants of success?

  • How real is the promise of clinical research in India and what will make or break a new entrant in this business?

India is the most preferred location
India is the most preferred location

  • for contract pharma research and development due to

  • its huge treatment naïve population,

  • human resources- Annually 27000 doctors qualify in India

  • technical skills, adoption/amendment/implementation of rules/laws by regulatory authorities, and

  • Changing economic environment.

Capacity building
Capacity building

  • Present- 400-500 PI in India

  • Year 2010 India needs 2000-3000 PI

  • 500-1000 Centres of excellence in clinical research

  • 1,00,000 study coordinators, monitors, project managers.

  • Medical coleges- 254 –offer MBBS

  • Large hospitals, corporate, private, govt

  • Centres of international standards for inspection, site selection.

Economic growth
Economic growth

  • 2000-2005 - 3-5 billion $

  • 2010- 10 bilion $

  • 3% of global clinical research –India

  • Next 5 years 15% of global clinical research to be out sourced to India.

  • Are we ready?

Why india
Why India

  • Cost effective?

  • Quality of data?

  • Speed of recruitment

  • India-China 20% of world population

  • Knowledge base to skill based

  • Contract research to architects of protocol- design & devt.

India advantage
India advantage

  • Language-English vs China, Japan

  • Patient diversity- North , South- West-East

  • 1.136 billion- 5% sickness/disease-Inexhaustible patient pool

  • Communication

  • Hospitals, Qualified Doctors

  • Nurses, beds,Graduates, universities, Colleges

  • 2 largest number of technically qualified people in the world

  • Urban vs rural

India problems

  • China- 1 major language- many dialects

  • India- 24 major languages, 1600 dialects

  • Many don’t have script

  • Cost of translation

  • Infra structure- Air connectivity-

  • Electricity-Fax- Internet

  • Training, acridition- PI, CI, study coordinators, Monitors

India problems1
India problems

  • Regulatory authorities

  • Ethical committees

  • Poor, illeterate patients

  • Doctors consider CR as second rate profession

  • Prescription docs

  • Laboratories- Standard

  • Record keeping-

  • Electronic data capture

What we need to do
What we need to do

  • Capacity building

  • Infra structure improvement

  • COE for clinical research

  • Train CRA, PI, CI, Monitors-Research academies

  • Your role- CRA- project manager- VP- own a CR centre of excellence.