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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-19

An audit of minutes of Subject Expert Committee meetings as a metric to assess the clinical research roadmap of India

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Urmila M Thatte
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/picr.PICR_174_17

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Background: In January 2015, the Drugs Controller General of India approved the formation of 25 Subject Expert Committees [SEC] to aid the office of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization [CDSCO] with regards to decision making. The present study is an audit of the minutes of the meetings the SECs held over the past three years. Methods: All minutes during the period 1st July 2014 to 31st October 2017 were accessed from the CDSCO website. Applications were classified as those for clinical trials [CT] and those for marketing authorization [MA]. Each application was classified as being approved, amendment requested for or rejected. Results: A total of n = 317 meetings were held over a 40 month period with n = 2616 agenda items. The Oncology/Hematology SEC had the maximum number of meetings at n = 48 [15.1%]. Only n = 2030 [77.6%] were evaluable agenda items. There were 1082 [53%] applications for clinical trials, and 948 [47%] applications for MA with or without a request for a clinical trial waiver[CTW]. Applicants seeking CTW were 5 times more likely to be rejected [for the waiver] relative to those not seeking waivers (cOR 5 [3.8, 7], P <0.001). CTW applications for Oncology were 6.5 times more likely to be granted a waiver (cOR 6.5 [3.5, 11.7], P <0.001). Considerable variability was seen in the minutes. Conclusion: A vast majority of CT applications in the country receive approval, as do a majority of marketing authorization applications. Oncology, vaccine and opthalmology division predominate the approvals. There exists considerable heterogeneity in the minutes. Standardization of these minutes across committees will help add to the existing transparency and give greater insights into the decision-making process.

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