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Q&A with Rachel Beck, Ph.D.: What Do Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Toxicology Contribute to Drug Development and Formulation Evaluation?

Dr. Rachel Beck is an expert in analytical chemistry and forensic toxicology.  In 2018, Dr. Beck joined PinneyAssociates where she is a key contributor to our abuse-deterrent formulation strategy and evaluation team.  She has been qualified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil courts of law and is a fellow of the American... Read more »... Read More >

Assessing Abuse Potential of Cannabinoids: Lessons Learned from Past CNS-Active Drug Development

The confusing and conflicting legal status of cannabis and its active constituents can inhibit product development as companies encounter significant and unique barriers to approval and appropriate scheduling. In a complementary webinar, Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., and Daniel Wang described how the development and regulatory submission of other CNS-active drugs, including the development of the FDA-required abuse potential assessment, provide important precedents and models for cannabinoids.... Read More >

Behind the Scenes at Closed Sessions of FDA Advisory Committee Meetings for Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

Communicating the public health benefit of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) of opioids at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee (ADCOM) meeting presents complexities for Sponsors of these products. One of the key challenges Sponsors face is knowing what and how to effectively communicate at the closed session, which precedes the open session of all ADCOMs for ADFs. While Sponsors can gain insights on ADCOM preparation for open sessions through publicly-available transcripts and videos, the confidential nature of closed sessions precludes this. The authors have attended most of the closed sessions for ADFs, and in this article, outline steps Sponsors can take to make the closed sessions more effective.... Read More >