Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Novel Mechanism for Clinical Trials of New Pro-Hemostatic Agents in Hemophilia

There are new exciting novel pro-hemostatic therapeutics in early phase clinical trials for hemophilia and hemophilia inhibitor patients. Yet, it is difficult to design randomized trials to compare these agents, or compare them with standard treatment, given the small sample size and competing studies for such patients. It is critical to develop novel approaches to compare new agents in rare populations. For example, sequential design might study three drugs, but start with 2 drugs in a small number of patients, and comparing the superor drug to a third drug, requiring smaller sample size.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

Should rare disease-specific strategies for clinical trials be developed, it would revolutionize the approach to study of not only rare disease populations, but all disease groups, no matter their size. If validated, rare disease-specific clinical trial strategies, would potentially reduce the cost, time, patient burden, and research effort to conduct clinical trials. If validated, consideration could be given to drug licensure earlier in the trial process, with a requirement for all such trials to initiate and continue ongoing data collection post-licensure for safety and efficacy.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Novel statistical methodologies are greatly needed to help with rare disease research. NHLBI might consider a grant mechanism RFA to encourage development of novel clinical trial strategies utilizing smaller sample size. The proof would be to develop the methodology as part of a feasibility study, and then, if feasible, adapt the novel approach to development and conduct of a clinical trial in a rare disease clinical tria,l to test the concept.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH (aspects discussed with Don Brambilla PhD.

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