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CDISC ADaM Validation Webinar — Recap

June 25, 2015

When CDISC published Version 1.3 of its ADaM Validation Rules, a lot of you wondered what to make of it.

According to CDISC: “Some checks have been reworded for clarification … [and] 75 new checks have been added to cover rules not previously addressed. [These] additional checks cover the addition of checks for Adverse Events (ADAE) and the ADaM Basic Data Structure for Time-to-Event Analyses (BDS-TTE).”

To paint a clear picture of what all this means, and how the industry should respond, Pinnacle 21 hosted a recent webinar on this topic. The webinar — titled, “ADaM Validation Update from OpenCDISC” — provided an overview of these changes, and shared our experience of the most common issues in ADaM submission data observed across the industry.

PharmaSUG 2015 — Recap

June 4, 2015

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The 2015 PharmaSUG Annual Conference, in Orlando, Florida, was an important and telling event. Pinnacle 21 was there, as both a presenter and exhibitor. The event drew more than 600 attendees, who generated a wealth of intriguing questions and discussions over the four-day stretch.

If you attended our programs, or witnessed the buzz of activity around the booths, then you saw what we saw: pharmaceutical software users who were eager to learn more about how to navigate FDA regulatory submissions in the months and years to come.

Pinnacle 21 ran two important programs to try to answer some of our attendees’ biggest concerns:

ADaM Validation Update from OpenCDISC

May 29, 2015

On March 24, 2015, CDISC published Version 1.3 of its ADaM Validation Rules. The release's main goal was to add new business rules for ADAE (Adverse Events) and BDS-TTE (Time-to-Event Analysis), and, at the same time, clean up some of the checks from the prior release.

But these new rules still don’t provide a complete solution. ADaM validation requires the ability to supplement the ADaM rules with sponsor-specific controlled terminology and value level checks ... and the ability to test those checks with the same software used by the FDA.

Through this webinar, we’ll provide an overview of recent changes and share our experience of the most common issues in ADaM submission data observed across the industry. Our speaker will be Pinnacle 21’s Michael DiGiantomasso. Mike serves on the CDISC’s ADaM Validation sub-team and is a Data Fitness Analyst on the FDA JumpStart project.

For your convenience, we’ll be providing this webinar at two different times.

WEBINAR SESSION 1 WEBINAR SESSION 2
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 am EDT
(15:00 CEST)
Length: 1 hour
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm EDT
(11:00 am PDT)
Length: 1 hour
Register Register

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Review of all ADaM validation rules and categories
  • Overview of datasets recognized by OpenCDISC
  • Adding sponsor-specific CT and VLM checks
  • Common ADaM issues in submission data
  • Rules for the upcoming release of ADaM IG v1.1

Best regards.
OpenCDISC Team

NJ CDISC UG meeting June 17 -- call for presentations

May 22, 2015

The next meeting of the NJ CDISC Users Group will be held the afternoon of June 17, 2015 at Medidata in NYC.
 
If you are interested in presenting at the meeting, please contact Patricia Majcher by Friday, May 22, 2015.  Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes long (excluding time for Q&A).  Any CDISC-related topic is welcome.  We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Here is the link for online registration; registration closes Friday, June 5:  https://www.survey-expert.com/web/surveyIndex.asp?U=0001005008105033328
Please note that teleconferencing will not be available for this meeting.
 
The final agenda will be posted about 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting, and instructions for attending the meeting will be emailed to registered attendees about 1 week prior to the meeting.

The History of OpenCDISC

February 24, 2015

In the Beginning

It was late 2007. Mad Men was the hottest show on TV. The BlackBerry was still the most popular smartphone. Senator Barack Obama was securing his party’s nomination for the next presidential election. And a young clinical data exchange specialist named Max Kanevsky was contemplating the future of the biopharmaceutical industry.

During his tenure at Merck, Max had been responsible for integrating the company with many external partners (e.g., laboratories, CROs, joint ventures, technology providers), working with many non-standardized sources of data. Though the norm, gathering all that disparate data and mapping it into Merck’s internal standard was a huge challenge. When the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) started to make headway in its mission to develop a global set of standards, it marked a new beginning. CDISC would eventually define the standards for the entire industry.

But Max wondered how sponsors would possibly manage such a sea-change. At the time, software options to help ensure a submission’s compliance with FDA business rules were limited. WebSDM offered limited performance and capabilities, at a price point that was prohibitive to many. Meanwhile, Max was helping Merck with its early manual implementations of CDISC standards, including LAB, ODM and SDTM, which were difficult and time consuming. And each new challenge provided an obstacle that could threaten FDA approval of any given drug. There had to be a better way. But what?

CDISC ADaM Validation Update

January 25, 2015

On March 24, 2015, CDISC published Version 1.3 of its ADaM Validation Rules.

So, what’s changed?

In the simplest terms: the release’s biggest enhancement is the ability to recognize and validate ADAE (Adverse Event Analysis) and BDS-TTE (Time-to-Event Analysis) datasets. CDISC has added 75 new rules in total, and, at the same time, cleaned up some of the checks from the prior release to ensure that their failure criteria is machine-testable.

So, what should concern you?

These published business rules conform to the definition of CDISC’s intention that each rule requirement be broken down into its constituent parts and should be machine-testable. For example, a simple rule which states “C BETWEEN A and B” will be stated as C >= A and C<=B. This normalized model works for business requirement capture … but it can make implementation, testing and human understanding more complicated than they need to be.

Beyond that, these newly enhanced ADaM validation rules still don’t provide a complete solution. Since ADaM IG v1.0, CDISC has been providing mere specifications documents. ADaM validation requires more than that. You need the ability to supplement the ADaM rules with sponsor-specific checks, especially for sponsor defined controlled terminology and value level metadata. And you need to be able to test those checks with the same software used by the FDA.

FDA Final Guidance on Study Data Standards Webinar — Recap

January 25, 2015

It was a long time coming. But, finally, on December 17, 2014, the FDA announced that applications must be submitted electronically, and that submissions will be required to contain study data in conformance with CDISC standards.

The industry has been given 24 months from the publication of the final guidance documents to comply. Not wanting to waste any precious time, Pinnacle 21 hosted two webinars — on January 7th and 8th, 2015 — to help guide you through the new processes.

Max and Sergiy will speak at the NJ CDISC User Group on Jan 28, 2015

January 15, 2015

Registration is now open for the next NJ CDISC User Group meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 1-5pm. The meeting will be held at TAKE Solutions in Princeton, NJ. Please register by January 20, via the link below:

Register for the NJ CDISC User Group

Meeting Agenda:

  • Kevin Lee (Accenture):  Standards Metadata Management: Version Control and its Governance
  • Fred Hofstetter and Ian Fleming (d-Wise):  Leveraging R and Shiny for point and click ADaM Analysis
  • Archana Bhaskaran and Kannan Subramanian (Novartis):  Metadata Management – Our Journey Thus Far
  • Sangeeta Bhattacharya:  Trial Design Domains
  • Max Kanevsky and Sergiy Sirichenko (Pinnacle 21):  FDA Finalizes Requirements for Standardized Data
  • Andrew Ndikom (Novartis Vaccines):  ADaM Compliant Table Creation Macros

OpenCDISC Community 2.0 Webinar — Recap

December 29, 2014

November was an important month for people who deal with clinical research data and metadata. First, the FDA published new, official validation rules for SDTM. Second, Pinnacle 21 released the next generation of its renowned open source toolkit: OpenCDISC Community 2.0.

In the webinars that took place on December 11 and 16, we covered how the latter can provide enormous help in dealing with the former. Community 2.0 comes with a wealth of game-changing new tools — including an upgraded version of Validator, a Define.xml Generator, a Data Converter, and a Clinicaltrials.gov Miner — to help you address these new FDA rules, as well as issues around CDISC compliance and submission readiness.

FDA Finalizes Requirements for Standardized Study Data

December 22, 2014

On December 17th, the FDA made its long-awaited announcement: future submissions will be required in standardized format.

“ The Agency may Refuse To File (RTF) for NDAs and BLAs, or Refuse To Receive (RTR) for ANDAs an electronic submission that does not have study data in conformance to the required standards… ”  – FDA Guidance for Industry

This represents a seismic shift for the industry. However, adapting to this new paradigm can be relatively painless — if you have the right guidance.

Through this webinar, we’ll cover the details of the new mandate, what it all means, and the steps you’ll need to take. Our speakers are Dhananjay (DJ) Chhatre (former FDA operations research analyst) and Sergiy Sirichenko (co-founder of OpenCDISC): two industry experts who currently support the FDA’s eDATA team.

For your convenience, we’ll be providing this webinar at two different times.

WEBINAR SESSION 1 WEBINAR SESSION 2
Date: Wed, Jan 7, 2015
Time: 9:00 am EST
(15:00 CET)
Length: 1 hour
Date: Thu, Jan 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm EST
(11:00 am PST)
Length: 1 hour
Register Register

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Descriptions of the final guidance documents and their contents
  • How these new regulations will impact you
  • FDA’s timeline for implementation
  • How to communicate with the FDA during the process
  • Technical implementation of CDISC standards
  • Questions & Answers

Best regards.
OpenCDISC Team