Silva-Lima, Beatriz and Theilade-Thomsen, Mette Due and Carleer, Jacqueline and Vidal, Jean-Marc and Tomasi, Paolo and Saint-Raymond, Agnes (2010) Juvenile animal studies for the development of paediatric medicines: a description and conclusions from a European medicines agency workshop on juvenile animal testing for nonclinical assessors. Birth Defects Research. Part B: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology, Vol. 89 (6), p. 467-473. eISSN 1542-9741. Article.
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A workshop organised by the European Medicines Agency involved assessors and experts present in a Nonclinical Working Group evaluating juvenile animal studies for Paediatric Investigation Plans in collaboration with the Paediatric Committee and the Safety Working Party of the Committee for Human Medicinal Products. The objective of the workshop was to analyse which juvenile animal studies proposals were received and agreed by the Paediatric Committee, to check consistency and how to apply the existing European guideline on juvenile animal studies. A comparison of main organ system development in man vs. animal species was presented to guide the review and to support species selection and protocol design. An analysis of juvenile animal studies included in finalised PIP's was also presented. Out of 109 paediatric investigation plans finalised between November 2008 and March 2009, 43 included one or more juvenile animal studies. In most cases the preferred species was the rat; one species only was requested to be studied (20/22), but in a minority two species were required (2/22). When deciding on the characteristics of the juvenile animal studies, such as age of animals at study start, the age of the children targeted by the medicine was considered. It is expected that the increasing experience gained by Applicants and Regulators will allow further refining the criteria for these juvenile animal studies. Further research on this topic is highly encouraged in the European Regulatory framework.
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