January 4, 2022

On November 29th, CDISC released updated versions of SDTM and ADaM, including standardized structures for medical devices and new non-compartmental analysis data.

Moving to new versions of standards is always a challenge and requires planning. Pinnacle 21's subject matter experts Trevor Mankus and Michael Beers summarized key changes and answered industry questions in this webinar and the discussion below, so you can better prepare to up-version your study data.

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December 20, 2021

New PMDA Engine

Pinnacle 21 is happy to announce the latest Validation Engine for submissions to Japan's PMDA! 🇯🇵

P21 has spent many months developing this Engine with and for the PMDA, and now the industry—whether as users of P21 Community (P21C) or clients of P21 Enterprise (P21E)—can utilize it for expanded standards support, e.g., ADaMIG 1.1, in their eData submissions to the Japanese health agency.

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December 9, 2021

In October, 2021, Pinnacle 21 was successfully acquired by Certara, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERT), a global leader in biosimulation and regulatory science. In this post, we recap P21's founding impetus, share the benefits of joining Certara, and set expectations for the great things to come.

Max and Bill celebrating the closure of their M&A deal

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November 17, 2021

Despite continuous development of, and the quarterly updates to, CDISC Controlled Terminology, there is still a need for study-specific extensions to standard codelists.

Often, extensions to standard terminology are incorrect. For example, some users falsely believe that any new terms can be added to an extensible codelist and related data validation is not needed if new terms are listed in the define.xml. In this webinar, Sergiy Sirichenko will summarize industry metrics across many studies and sponsors to produce an overall picture of CDISC Controlled Terminology utilization. He will review common issues with implementation of controlled terminology and reinforce best practices for extending standard codelists.

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September 10, 2021

SDTM Trial Summary (TS) domain is essential for regulatory submission and is part of FDA rejection criteria.

TS can be complex to implement with guidance spread across SDTMIG, FDA Study Data Technical Conformance Guide (TCG), FDA Technical Rejection Criteria, and numerous terminologies. Interpretation of validation results for TS can also be difficult. In this webinar, Kristin Kelly discusses the minimum set of parameters that should be included in TS and reviews common implementation issues.

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September 10, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic had an immense impact on people’s lives. The quick development of effective and safe vaccines as well as their availability are critical to public health.

Clinical trials for vaccines typically collect similar types of data. Preparing this data for submission requires knowledge of specific guidance from regulatory agencies and standards development organizations. In this webinar, Michael Beers reviews FDA, PMDA, and CDISC guidance and other considerations for preparing vaccine studies for regulatory submissions. Also, Michael goes over common problems and inconsistencies seen in data of vaccine studies.

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March 3, 2021

Controlled Terminology have you confused? We got you.

When starting a new clinical study and preparing the data collection design, you may ask yourself: How important is Controlled Terminology (CT)? How do I prepare the data collection process to be CDISC compliant and avoid rework for submissions? We often receive questions such as these. Whether you are newer to clinical studies or a seasoned veteran, CT can often be an elusive and confusing topic. Having a better understanding of CT standards and requirements, as well as CT-related issues found in validation checks, can improve your submission data and processes.

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December 1, 2020

P21 Validation Engine Improvements

The P21 Validation Engines are consistently updated and improved upon with insights from our Subject Matter Experts, consultations with regulatory agencies, and findings submitted by our users. Examples include:

  • AD1012 has been split into two rules: AD1012 and AD1012A. The former checks for custom variables and is a Warning; the later checks for standard variables and is an Error. These rules consider secondary variable names ending in *N or *C, for numeric or character equivalent, respectively.

  • AD0047 was producing problems for some variables but has already been fixed and patched for over a year.

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November 13, 2020

This is the fourth in a series of posts where we answer questions from our recent webinar. Below, we’ve summarized the regulatory expectations and our top insights.

Not Submitted Annotations

For any information that is on the CRF but not mapped to SDTM, annotate the page and/or field with "NOT SUBMITTED."

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October 30, 2020

(Originally published on October 6, 2020. Last Updated on October 30, 2020)

Effective October 1st, 2020, China’s NMPA will accept CDISC submissions. To support this initiative, Pinnacle 21 has released a new Chinese-language validation engine, available now in both Enterprise and Community. This engine supports datasets with Chinese-encoded characters and displays rule messages and descriptions in Chinese translation.

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