OBJECTIVE: A meeting was organized to bring together multiple stakeholders involved in the testing and authorization of new medicines for juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to discuss current issues surrounding trials and access of new medicines for children and adolescents with JIA.
METHODS: The Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) invited regulatory agencies (Food and Drug Administration [FDA] and European Medicines Agency [EMA]), major pharmaceutical companies with JIA products approved or in development, patient and parent representatives, advocacy organization (Arthritis Foundation) and pediatric rheumatology clinicians/investigators to a one-day meeting in April 2018.
RESULTS: The participants highlighted current issues in clinical trials. As the pharmacologic armamentarium to treat inflammatory arthritis rapidly expands, registration trial designs to test medicines in JIA patients must adapt. Many methodologies used successfully in the recent past are no longer feasible. The pool of patients meeting entry criteria who are willing to participate is shrinking at the same time that the number of medicines that need testing is growing. Solutions included proposing innovative clinical trial methods to regulatory agencies, as well as open discussion among stakeholders.
CONCLUSION: Ensuring new medicines are authorized in a timely manner to meet the needs of JIA patients worldwide is critical. Approaches should include: open dialogue between regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders to develop and implement novel study designs; including patient and clinician perspectives to define meaningful trial outcomes; and changing existing study plans. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.