Safety Pharmacology

The safety pharmacology core battery studies are conducted as an essential step in an IND program to evaluate the potential for off-target drug effects on major organ systems, as well as the reversibility of any characterized effects prior to human use. When filing an IND application, safety pharmacology studies are a requirement prior to the start of Phase I human clinical trials.

IITRI offers the core battery of safety pharmacology tests for monitoring the potential physiological effects of a drug candidate on the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system. These can be performed as stand-alone studies or integrated into repeat-dose studies depending upon indication and requirements of the FDA. IITRI’s experienced team will work closely with you to design the appropriate study to meet regulatory requirements.

In Vivo and In Vitro Safety Pharmacology Core Services

  • Central nervous system
    • Functional Observation Battery (FOB) to detect effects on behavior, locomotion, and coordination
    • Neurotoxicity assessment
  • Cardiovascular system
    • Telemetry: Systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressures, heart rate, electrocardiogram (RR, PR, QRS, QT and QTc intervals) and body temperature
    • hERG assays to evaluate cardiac ion channels
  • Respiratory system
    • Plethysmography: respiratory rate, tidal volume, and minute volume

Available Animal Models

  • Rodent
  • Canine (telemeterized)