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MYOKARDIA INC filed this Form 10-K on 03/08/2018
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An IND is a request for authorization from the FDA to administer an investigational drug product to humans. FDA's primary objectives in reviewing an IND are, in all phases of the investigation, to assure the safety and rights of subjects, and, in Phase 2 and 3, to help assure that the quality of the scientific evaluation of drugs is adequate to permit an evaluation of the drug's effectiveness and safety. The central focus of an IND submission is on the general investigational plan and the protocol(s) for clinical trials. The IND also includes results of animal studies or other human studies, as appropriate, as well as manufacturing information, analytical data and any available clinical data or literature to support the use of the investigational new drug. An IND must become effective before human clinical trials may begin. An IND will automatically become effective 30 days after receipt by the FDA, unless before that time the FDA raises concerns or questions related to the proposed clinical trials. In such a case, the IND may be placed on clinical hold and the IND sponsor and the FDA must resolve any outstanding concerns or questions before clinical trials can begin. The FDA also may impose a clinical hold after a trial has started. Accordingly, submission of an IND may or may not result in the FDA allowing clinical trials to commence.

Clinical trials involve the administration of the investigational drug to human subjects under the supervision of qualified investigators in accordance with GCP, which include the requirement that all research subjects provide their informed consent for their participation in any clinical trial. Clinical trials are conducted under protocols detailing, among other things, the objectives of the study, the inclusion and exclusion criteria, the parameters to be used in monitoring safety, and the efficacy criteria to be evaluated. A protocol for each clinical trial and any subsequent protocol amendments must be submitted to the FDA as part of the IND, or to the governing authorities on a country by country basis. Additionally, approval must also be obtained from each clinical trial site’s institutional review board, or IRB, or ethics committee before the trials may be initiated, and the IRB or ethics committee must monitor the study until completed.

Clinical trials typically are conducted in three sequential phases that may overlap or be combined:


Phase 1. The drug initially is introduced into a small number of patients or healthy human volunteers and information is collected pertaining to the drug’s safety, dosage tolerance, absorption, metabolism, distribution and elimination. These trials are designed to determine the metabolism and pharmacologic actions, side effects with increasing doses and if possible, early evidence of effectiveness. If favorable, additional, larger Phase 2 studies may be initiated.


Phase 2. These trials include controlled clinical trials initiated in a limited patient population to identify possible adverse effects and safety risks, to preliminarily evaluate the effectiveness of the drug candidate for a particular indication in patients with the disease or condition under study, and to determine common short-term side effects and risks associated with the drug. If data are satisfactory, the sponsor may commence large-scale trials to confirm the compound’s efficacy and safety.


Phase 3. Clinical trials are expanded and controlled trials undertaken to further evaluate dosage, clinical efficacy and safety in an expanded patient population at geographically dispersed clinical trial sites. These clinical trials are intended to gather additional information about effectiveness and safety that is needed to evaluate the overall benefit-risk profile of the drug candidate and provide an adequate basis for physician labeling and regulatory approval.


Regulatory agencies may also require, or companies may pursue, additional clinical trials after a product is approved.

During all phases of clinical development, regulatory agencies require extensive monitoring and auditing of all clinical activities, clinical data, and clinical study investigators. Progress reports related to clinical trials must be submitted at least annually to the FDA and participating IRBs, and other governing authorities.  More frequent safety reports must be submitted to the FDA and other governing health authorities and to investigators for serious and unexpected suspected adverse events, findings from animal or in vitro testing or other studies that suggest a significant risk to humans exposed to the drug, and any clinically important increase in the rate of a serious suspected adverse reaction over that listed in the protocol or investigator brochure. Clinical trials may not be completed successfully within a specified period, if at all. The FDA or other governing authorities or the sponsor may suspend a clinical trial at any time for a variety of reasons, including a finding that human subjects are being exposed to an unacceptable health risk or that the investigational product apparently lacks efficacy. Similarly, an IRB or EC can suspend or terminate approval of a clinical trial at its institution if the clinical trial is not being conducted in accordance with applicable requirements or if the drug candidate has been associated with unexpected serious harm to healthy volunteers or patients. Additionally, some clinical trials are overseen by an independent group of qualified experts organized by the clinical trial sponsor, known as a data monitoring committee, or DMC. The DMC reviews safety information and provides recommendations to the sponsor for whether a trial may move forward at designated check points based on access to certain data from the study. As the sponsor, we may also suspend or terminate a clinical trial based on evolving business objectives and/or competitive climate.