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Birth Defects Res B Dev Reprod Toxicol 2011 Aug;92(4):261-5

Juvenile animal studies and pediatric drug development retrospective review: use in regulatory decisions and labeling.

Tassinari MS, Benson K, Elayan I, Espandiari P, Davis-Bruno K


Juvenile animal toxicity studies are conducted to support applications for drugs intended for use in children. They are designed to address specific questions of potential toxicity in the growing animal or provide data about long-term safety effects of drugs that cannot be obtained from clinical trials. Decisions to conduct a juvenile animal study are based on existing data, such as a safety signal already identified in adult studies, or previous knowledge of the drug or chemical class for its potential to impair growth or developmental milestones. In 2006, the FDA issued an industry guidance in which considerations for determining when a juvenile animal study is warranted were outlined. A retrospective study was conducted covering years both before and after the issued guideline to examine the contribution of juvenile animal toxicity studies to the risk/benefit assessment of pediatric drugs at the FDA. The initial findings were presented as part of the May 2010 HESI workshop on the value of juvenile animal studies. The objective of the review was to better understand the value that the juvenile animal study contributes to regulatory decision making for pediatric drug development by looking at when the studies have been included in the product assessment; what, if any, impact the studies had on the regulatory decisions made; and whether the data were incorporated into the label. The data described below represent a first look at impact of the juvenile animal study since the pediatric legislation and the juvenile animal guidance were issued in the US.

Category: Journal Article, Regulatory, Proceedings
PubMed ID: #21594977 DOI: 10.1002/bdrb.20304
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Drugs, Tobacco
Entry Created: 2011-10-03 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29