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Microbicide product development

Maguire, Robin

doi: 10.1097/COH.0b013e32830891e2
Microbicides: Edited by John Kaldor and Melissa Robbiani

Purpose of review: The purpose of this overview is to summarize the essential parameters needed to establish a sound microbicide development strategy.

Recent findings: In recent years more comprehensive regulatory guidelines that are applicable to microbicides have been developed. Additionally, the US Food and Drug Administration have begun providing specific guidance for microbicide development.

Summary: Microbicide product development has been aided in recent years by new regulatory guidance that helps to establish a stepwise development strategy. Developing comprehensive profiles for three key criteria – quality, safety and efficacy – are essential for preparation of an investigational new drug application that will allow proceeding into clinical development to establish microbicide proof-of-concept.

Population Council, New York, New York, USA

Correspondence to Robin Maguire, Population Council, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10065, USA Tel: +1 212 327 8729; fax: +1 212 327 7981; e-mail:

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