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Seven-Part Series on Pediatric Drug Development - Part 5: Technical Development: Pediatric Formulations


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Archive duration: 1 hour 28 minutes

Series Overview
Knowledge of new medicines for children and clinical research has increased over the past decades. A revolution has taken place in pediatric oncology, where new dosing and new combinations of anticancer drugs developed for adult cancer have made the diagnosis of child cancer no longer an automatic death sentence.

DIA is presenting a Seven-Part webinar series on Pediatric Drug Development, which will start with an overview of the challenges and historical background of pediatric drug development, then proceed to specific discussion of US and EU pediatric legislation, and, in four additional pivotal webinars, discuss technical specificities of dosing in children, particular requirements in pediatric clinical trials, the development of pediatric formulations, and the need and challenges of juvenile animal studies.

Part 5: Technical Development: Pediatric Formulations Overview
In the past children were regarded and treated as small adults, with dosing recommendations varying between rough estimates - children get half a tablet, babies a quarter - and empirical formulas, which varied by country and sometimes across regions or hospitals within the same country.

The lack of appropriate pediatric formulations has been identified as a major obstacle for the study and use of drugs in children. Adult formulations may be inappropriate for different reasons. Children under 7 years of age often have difficulty in swallowing capsules or tablets. Liquid formulations facilitate dose adjustments and are easily administered and recommended for infants and younger children. The production of formulations may be limited by the solubility and stability of drugs, require taste-masking agents, preservatives and other excipients. Liquid formulations may also not be optimal for the developing world, where clean water and refrigeration may not be available.

In general, there is a need in pediatrics to develop flexible dosage forms. There is an increased recognition that for medicines requiring precise dosage and titration, the development of a universal technology platform could allow for "tailored dosages" and a range of dosage forms appropriate for children at different developmental stages, or for other populations with swallowing difficulties.

This webinar will focus on age-appropriate formulations, administration, dosing volumes, and excipients and levels.

Other Webinars in this Series:

Part 1:  Overall Challenge: The Vision of Better Medicines for Children
Part 2:  Regulatory Framework
Part 3:  Regulatory Framework EU
Part 4:  Dosing in Children
Part 6:  Preclinical Toxicology & Safety
Part 7: Operational Challenges of Pediatric Clinical Trials

Who should attend?

Scientific staff in industry working on pediatric drug development within the field of:

  • Clinical Development, Clinical Pharmacology and Formulation Development
  • Regulatory Agency Staff and Industry Regulatory Affairs
  • Clinical Investigators Involved in Pediatric Studies

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss age-appropriate formulations, administration, dosing volumes, and excipients and levels
  • Describe ways to develop flexible dosage forms

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