PLATFORM TRIALS TO EXPEDITE DRUG DEVELOPMENT IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: A REPORT FROM THE EU/US CTAD TASK FORCE
P.S. Aisen, R.J. Bateman, M. Carrillo, R. Doody, K. Johnson, J.R. Sims, R. Sperling, B. Vellas, and the EU/US CTAD Task Force
J Prev Alz Dis 2021;3(8):306-312
A diverse range of platforms has been established to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These platforms enable parallel assessment of multiple therapeutics, treatment regimens, or participant groups; use uniform protocols and outcome measures; and may allow treatment arms to be added or dropped based on interim analyses of outcomes. The EU/US CTAD Task Force discussed the lessons learned from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) platform trial and the challenges addressed by other platform trials that have launched or are in the planning stages. The landscape of clinical trial platforms in the AD space includes those testing experimental therapies such as DIAN-TU, platforms designed to test multidomain interventions, and those designed to streamline trial recruitment by building trial-ready cohorts. The heterogeneity of the AD patient population, AD drugs, treatment regimens, and analytical methods complicates the design and execution of platform trials, yet Task Force members concluded that platform trials are essential to advance the search for effective AD treatments, including combination therapies.
P.S. Aisen ; R.J. Bateman ; M. Carrillo ; R. Doody ; K. Johnson ; J.R. Sims ; R. Sperling ; B. Vellas ; and the EU/US CTAD Task Force ; (2021): Platform Trials to Expedite Drug Development in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Report from the EU/US CTAD Task Force. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2021.21