Jazz Pharmaceuticals is focused on improving patients’ lives by identifying, developing and commercializing meaningful products that address unmet medical needs. To do this, we conduct clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of investigational medicines, and the data generated from these trials allows us to obtain the necessary approvals from regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which allow for broad access to medicines.
At Jazz, we believe that wherever possible, use of an investigational medicine for a patient as part of a clinical trial is preferable because clinical trials can generate data that may lead to the approval of products and, consequently, to wider availability. Conducting clinical trials is extremely complex and challenging. The ultimate goal is the rigorous testing of the clinical product with the aim of securing regulatory approval and enabling the medicine to be available to as many patients as possible as quickly as possible. Jazz complies with good clinical practices and takes steps to help ensure the quality and integrity of our clinical trials and to minimize risks to current research participants and future patients. For a list of clinical trials currently recruiting patients, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
However, we also recognize that in some extreme circumstances, when participating in a clinical trial is not possible, patients facing serious or life-threatening conditions may seek special access to investigational medicines outside of a clinical trial setting.
Consistent with applicable laws and regulations, Jazz may provide patients with access to investigational medicines through Expanded/Early Access Programs (EAPs) when there is sufficient evidence of the safety and effectiveness of the investigational medicine to support its use in the particular circumstance.
It is important to note that terminology used can vary from country to country and dependent on the way that the medicine is accessed. Although often referred to as Expanded Access Programs or Early Access Programs, these types of access can also be known as Compassionate Use, Pre-approval Access, Named Patient Access and Emergency Use.
EAPs do not apply to the use of a currently marketed medicine for an indication outside of the approved label. Access to marketed medicines outside of the approved indication is at the discretion of the qualified healthcare professional and is neither facilitated nor endorsed by Jazz.
In general there are two ways that Jazz can grant Early/Expanded Access to an investigational medicine. The type of program available may be dependent on local laws and regulations.
Jazz considers many factors when evaluating a request for named, single patient access to an investigational medicine, such as the strength of the clinical data; the benefit-risk profile; the potential impact on the clinical development program; the phase of development; the country-specific regulations; and probability and timing of regulatory approval within the applicant’s country, though the medicine may be approved in another country.
In determining whether named patient access is appropriate outside of a clinical trial, the criteria Jazz evaluates include the following:
Jazz will consider the above criteria in determining whether to offer named patient access; however, Jazz cannot make a guarantee that named patient access will be available, and, even if a named access program is offered, Jazz cannot make a guarantee that the investigational medicine will be available to a particular patient.
Decisions regarding potential named patient access to investigational medicines can only be made, in certain circumstances, after in-depth discussion between Jazz’s clinical teams and the patient’s qualified healthcare professional and in line with required national health authority approval, if applicable.
Jazz is committed to a fair and impartial evaluation of each request for access to our investigational medicines. Therefore, all decisions are based on clinical circumstances. Whenever possible, patients will be referred to ongoing clinical trials as the primary way to access investigational medicines.
Access for preapproved cohorts of patients is regulated at a national level and details vary from country to country. In general, once approval is granted by the national health authority a patient’s qualified healthcare professional can apply to Jazz for access to the medicine, under a specific treatment protocol. These programs are always conducted within the anticipated product label and are only commenced after sufficient data are available to support regulatory submission and support health authority approval.
For patients in the United States, treating physicians can request information on programs and Single/Named Patient Access by contacting Jazz Pharmaceuticals Medical Information center by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to 1-800-520-5568
For patients outside the United States, treating physicians can request information on Cohort Type Programs by contacting Jazz by email at EarlyAccess@jazzpharma.com.