Drug abuse and potential drug abuse are critical issues for today’s pharmaceutical industry and the health of patients. Understanding the latest FDA regulatory requirements, different study types, relevant timelines and logistics can be challenging. Conducted at a critical stage of drug development, the assessment for drug abuse potential is complex and must be acceptable to regulators.
If a drug or its major metabolite penetrates the brain, then an abuse potential assessment is required, regardless of the therapeutic indication.
Developing a strategy around relevant timelines
The doses for drug abuse testing are selected based on the exposure/plasma levels produced in humans by the highest therapeutic dose. Therefore, drug abuse studies are not recommended until the human therapeutic dose range has been determined; however, your testing strategy should begin much earlier. Continue reading