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Interdisciplinary Review Team for Cardiac Safety Studies (formerly QT-IRT)

CDER established the Interdisciplinary Review Team (IRT) for QT studies in 2006 to provide expert and consistent review advice to sponsors and review divisions within the FDA on the design and interpretation of thorough QT studies. In addition, the IRT evaluates the potential for drugs to cause torsade de pointes using an integrated approach of nonclinical assays as described by the Comprehensive In Vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) initiative, and clinical ECG data.

In 2018 the FDA issued a draft guidance on the assessment of the pressor effects of drugs. The scope of the IRT was subsequently expanded to include providing consistent review advice on the design and interpretation of safety blood pressure studies, including ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) studies.

The IRT is a consulting review team within the Division of Cardiology and Nephrology (DCN) that consists of clinical reviewers and analysts, clinical pharmacologists, statisticians, safety pharmacologists, project manager, data specialists and representatives from the Division of Applied Regulatory Science (DARS).

The IRT can answer general and scientific questions related to proarrhythmia and blood pressure evaluation. However, all drug product-specific questions should be directed to the appropriate Clinical Review Division.

Current Advice *

Proarrhythmic Risk Assessment

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Studies

* Content is subject to change without notice

Selected References

  • Wu WW, et al. ICH S7B In Vitro Assays Do Not Address Mechanisms of QTC Prolongation for Peptides and Proteins – Data in Support of Not Needing Dedicated QTC Studies. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2023, doi: 10.1002/cpt.3047. In-press
  • Huang DP, et al. Assay sensitivity in "Hybrid thorough QT/QTc (TQT)" study. J Biopharm Stat 2019;29(2):378-384
  • Vicente J, et al. Assessment of Multi-Ion Channel Block in a Phase I Randomized Study Design: Results of the CiPA Phase I ECG Biomarker Validation Study. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2019;105(4):943-953
  • Garnett C, et al. Scientific white paper on concentration-QTc modeling. J Pharmacokinet Pharmacodyn 2018;45(3):383-97
  • Johannesen L, et al. Late sodium current block for drug-induced long QT syndrome: Results from a prospective clinical trial. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2016;99(2):214-23
  • Gintant G, et al. Evolution of strategies to improve preclinical cardiac safety testing. Nat Rev Drug Discov 2016;15(7):457-71
  • Malik M, et al. Universal Correction for QT/RR Hysteresis. Drug Saf 2016;39(6):577-88
  • Darpo B, et al. Results from the IQ-CSRC prospective study support replacement of the thorough QT study by QT assessment in the early clinical phase. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2015;97(4):326-35
  • Johannesen L, et al. Differentiating drug-induced multichannel block on the electrocardiogram: randomized study of dofetilide, quinidine, ranolazine, and verapamil. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2014;96(5):549-58
  • Nada A, et al. The evaluation and management of drug effects on cardiac conduction (PR and QRS intervals) in clinical development. Am Heart J 2013;165(4):489-500
  • Stockbridge N, et al. Dealing with global safety issues : was the response to QT-liability of non-cardiac drugs well coordinated? Drug Saf 2013;36(3):167-82
  • Garnett C, et al. Methodologies to characterize the QT/corrected QT interval in the presence of drug-induced heart rate changes or other autonomic effects. Am Heart J 2012;163(6):912-30
  • Zhang J, et al. Statistical issues including design and sample size calculation in thorough QT/QTc studies. J Biopharm Stat 2008;18(3):451-67
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