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Geriatrics Safe Medicines Summit, 16th-17th of September 2013 in London

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SMi Group reports (August 15, 2013): Big Pharma Companies will meet in London at Geriatric Safe Medicines Summit to discuss challenges and opportunities for performing clinical trials in older people.

Patients over the age of 65 are prescribed the majority of prescription drugs used in the UK but are significantly under-represented in clinical trials. Statistics show that although over 65′s carry 60% of the disease burden they are only represented at a rate of 32% in phase I-III Clinical Trials. Why do recruitment designs neglect this patient population?

Challenges which include co-morbidities, polypharmacy drug-drug interactions, adherence formulation challenges are just some of the difficulties faced when performing clinical trials in this population, not to mention the problems of delivery.

SMi’s inaugural Geriatrics Safe Medicines Summit, taking place on the 16th-17th of September 2013 in London, will look to tackle these issues and will address Benefit-risk in this patient population and how clinical trials could be better designed to facilitate the participation of the elderly in clinical trials.

According to Nina Lee Barnett, Consultant pharmacist, Northwick Park Hospital who is speaking on day one “I am really looking forward to participating in this meeting. It is great to see a programme which includes internationally renowned contributors from a wide variety of backgrounds, all delivering sessions which support safer use of medicines in older people. This meeting is an opportunity to foster collaboration on research projects which include older people and to break down barriers preventing studies in this age demographic.”

Through a novel range of case studies attendees will discover new market gaps, market strategies and focus on EMA geriatric medicines strategy and how modelling and simulation along with new patient reporting systems support clinical trials in older people.

Keynote speakers include Solange Rohou, Director Regulatory Affairs, AstraZeneca who will be presenting on: What has been done since the revision of the ICH E7 guideline? The Companies’ view and Barbro Westerholm, Member of Swedish Parliament, who will speak on: Patient perspectives on healthy ageing.

Event highlights include:

  • Discover the benefits of performing clinical trials in older people
  • Identify the key challenges and considerations when conducting clinical trials in older people
  • Address reasons for clinical trial retention difficulties
  • Discuss how modelling and simulation along with new patient reporting systems support clinical trials in older people
  • Explore new market gaps and discover new market strategy
  • Focus on the EMA geriatric medicines strategy

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Alternatively contact Jonathan Collins on +44 (0)20 7827 6734 or email: [email protected]

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, please contact Alia Malick on +44(0) 20 7827 6168.


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