Perform Patient Preference Studies

Engage with the FDA

Groups that have successfully traveled the therapy development path advise engaging with the FDA early in the process of developing and conducting patient preference studies. Establishing an ongoing conversation with the FDA can make certain you are asking your disease community the questions that are significant to the FDA throughout the clinical trial and marketing review process. 

  • Patient Affairs , available at +1-301-796-8460, works with patients and patient advocates to involve patients more effectively in regulatory decisions related to therapy safety and approval. The Patient Affairs Staff are the best resource to understand who to contact at the FDA and when. 
    • For Patients , focuses on topics that can help you learn more about the different programs and processes of the FDA, as well as upcoming public workshops and meetings. 
  • Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Patient Centered Benefit-Risk Project Report (2015) emphasizes the opportunity to work with FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) staff from early stages of medical device development. The report covers the value of patient-preference information and considerations that should be made when using this information.  The Report has elements that cross over to drug and biologic development. 
  • FDA-led PFDD Public Meetings ran from 2012 to 2017 as an effort to collect the patient perspective on the burden of their specific disease and unmet medical needs. Meetings continue to be held periodically but tend to be focused on wider public health issues, such as chronic pain and opioid use disorder. You can learn more about the FDA-led PFDD Meetings using the following resources:


Engage with the FDA
FDA Patient Affairs U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (link)
FDA For Patients Website U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (link)
Tips for Success
Key Considerations in Developing & Integrating Patient Perspectives in Drug Development: Examination of the Duchenne Case Study Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) (link)