New FDA Guidance: Codevelopment of Investigational Drugs for Use in Combination

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has published a Guidance for Industry on the codevelopment of two or more novel (not previously marketed) drugs to be used in combination to treat a disease or condition. The guidance provides recommendations and advice on how to address certain scientific and regulatory issues that will arise during codevelopment. It is not intended to apply to development of fixed-dose combinations of already marketed drugs or to development of a single new investigational drug to be used in combination with an approved drug or drugs. The guidance is also not intended to apply to vaccines, gene or cellular therapies, blood products, or medical devices.

Because the existing developmental and regulatory paradigm focuses primarily on assessment of the effectiveness and safety of a single new investigational drug acting alone, or in combination with an approved drug, FDA believes guidance is needed to assist sponsors in the codevelopment of two or more unmarketed drugs. Although interest in codevelopment has been most prominent in oncology and infectious disease settings, codevelopment also has potential application in other therapeutic settings. Therefore, this guidance is intended to describe a high-level, generally applicable approach to codevelopment of two or more unmarketed drugs. It describes the criteria for determining when codevelopment is an appropriate option, makes recommendations about nonclinical and clinical development strategies, and addresses certain regulatory process issues.

Source: FDA Guidance for Industry

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