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1st Edition

Interface between Regulation and Statistics in Drug Development

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ISBN 9780367490485
November 12, 2020 Forthcoming by Chapman and Hall/CRC
192 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the critical role of statistics in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of clinical trials or observational studies intended for regulatory purposes, numerous guidelines have been issued by regulatory authorities around the world focusing on statistical issues related to drug development. However, the available literature on this important topic is sporadic, and often not readily accessible to drug developers or regulatory personnel. This book provides a systematic exposition of the interplay between the two disciplines, including emerging themes pertaining to the acceleration of the development of pharmaceutical medicines to serve patients with unmet needs.


  • Regulatory and statistical interactions throughout the drug development continuum
  • The critical role of the statistician in relation to the changing regulatory and healthcare landscapes
  • Statistical issues that commonly arise in the course of drug development and regulatory interactions
  • Trending topics in drug development, with emphasis on current regulatory thinking and the associated challenges and opportunities

The book is designed to be accessible to readers with an intermediate knowledge of statistics, and can be a useful resource to statisticians, medical researchers, and regulatory personnel in drug development, as well as graduate students in the health sciences. The authors’ decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and academia, and extensive regulatory experience, comes through in the many examples throughout the book.

Table of Contents

1. Fundamental principles of clinical trials
2. Selected Statistical Topics of Regulatory Importance
3. Statistical Engagement in Regulatory Interactions
4. Emerging Topics

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Demissie Alemayehu, PhD, is Vice President and Head of the Statistical Research and Data Science Center at Pfizer Inc. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, has published widely, and has served on the editorial boards of major journals, including the "Journal of the American Statistical Association" and the "Journal of Nonparametric Statistics." Additionally, he has been on the faculties of both Columbia University and Western Michigan University. He has co-authored a monograph entitled, "Patient-Reported Outcomes: Measurement, Implementation and Interpretation," and co-edited another, "Statistical Topics in Health Economics and Outcome Research" both published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Birol Emir, PhD, is Senior Director and Statistics Lead of Real-World Evidence (RWE) at Pfizer Inc. In addition, Dr. Emir has served as Adjunct Professor of Statistics and Lecturer at Columbia University in New York and as an External PhD Committee Member, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Recently, his primary focuses have been on big data, predictive modelling and genomic data analysis. He has numerous publications in refereed journals, and he has co-edited "Statistical Topics in Health Economics and Outcome Research" published by Chapman & Hall/CRC Press. He has taught many short courses and has given several invited presentations.

Michael Gaffney, PhD, is Vice President, Statistics at Pfizer, and received his Ph.D. from New York University School of Environmental Medicine with his dissertation in the area of multistage model of cancer induction. Dr. Gaffney has spent his 43-year career in pharmaceutical research concentrating in the areas of design and analysis of clinical trials and regulatory interaction for drug approval and product defense. He has interacted with FDA, EMA, MHRA and regulators in Canada and Japan on over 25 distinct regulatory approvals and product issues in many therapeutic areas. Dr. Gaffney has published 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented at numerous scientific meetings in diverse areas of modelling cancer induction, variance components, harmonic regression, factor analysis, propensity scores, meta-analysis, large safety trials and sample size re-estimation. Dr. Gaffney was recently a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) X committee and was a co-author of, CIOMS X: Evidence Synthesis and Meta-Analysis for Drug Safety.