Performance of early feasibility studies in the United States can advance the goal of evaluating the safety and effectiveness of new devices aimed at unmet clinical needs and facilitating earlier access for U.S. patients to new technology. Early feasibility studies are an important component of the 21st Century Cures Act, enacted by Congress in 2016. Although regulatory processes have improved since the introduction of the Early Feasibility Studies Program, impediments at the hospital and clinical site level remain. In this paper, the authors review these issues and outline the structure and function of a clinical site consortium designed to address the problems and improve the U.S. clinical trial ecosystem.
- early feasibility studies
- unmet clinical needs in patients with structural heart disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine