As part of this collaboration, the NYU School of Medicine will establish the Compassionate-Use Advisory Committee (CompAC)
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that enlists a third party to review requests made to the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) for compassionate use of its investigational medicines. This new approach will begin as a pilot program focused on a single Janssen investigational medicine and, if successful, will become a model that will be applicable more broadly across J&J.
In keeping with the company's long-standing commitment to the highest standards of ethical decision-making that serves the needs of patients, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, has forged this new partnership with the Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU School of Medicine to obtain independent advice, further ensuring that the evaluation of requests for investigational medicines prior to their approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) or other global health authorities are treated in the most fair and ethical manner.
As part of this collaboration, the NYU School of Medicine will establish the Compassionate-Use Advisory Committee (CompAC), an external group of 10 internationally recognized medical experts, bioethicists and patient representatives to pilot the new approach. Commencing with one of Janssen's investigational medicines, the CompAC will make recommendations regarding individual patient requests from anywhere in the world. Investigational medicines are still in development and usually, limited in supply. The committee's careful consideration and recommendations based on its independent review will be passed on to Janssen's clinicians, who will make the final decision.
The FDA describes compassionate use as "a pathway for patients to gain access to investigational drugs, biologics and medical devices for serious diseases or conditions. Such investigational drugs have not yet been approved by the FDA, and they have not been proven to be safe and effective."
"We have a responsibility to patients and their families to ensure their well-being in everything we do. By ensuring compassionate use requests for our investigational medicines are evaluated by a well-informed, external committee, we can better weigh what we know about these therapies against the patient's condition and risk factors to make the most responsible decision for each patient," said Dr Amrit Ray, chief medical officer for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.