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Conduct of clinical trials &
Postmarketing Commitments

Our scientists are leveraging the latest technologies and scientific advances to discover and develop new medicines.

Clinical research is a key component of developing
new medicines

A critical component of our medicinal product development is clinical research. This involves conducting clinical trials in humans to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new pharmaceutical products. Sometimes these studies include healthy volunteers but most of the studies are conducted in patients with the diseases we are studying.

Local authorities, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in Japan, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as those in many other countries, use the data gathered in these trials to determine whether or not to approve the drug for use in their countries. To ensure these studies are conducted to the highest standards of protection for individuals who participate in the studies, AbbVie strictly follows important rules governing clinical research. These include the World Medical Association’s (WMA) Declaration of Helsinki, the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) and all applicable local rules and regulatory requirements.


We are committed to Good Clinical Practice

Throughout the clinical trials process, patients remain our highest priority. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is a global ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials. Compliance with this standard provides public assurance that the rights, safety and well -being of trial subjects are protected, consistent with global ethical standards and regulatory requirements. Compliance also assures the credibility of the clinical data. AbbVie is committed to ensuring Good Clinical Practice is strictly adhered to within all AbbVie-sponsored clinical trials.


Finding better solutions to the toughest challenges

Within each of our therapeutic areas, we have various products in development. Our core areas of research are:

The clinical development process

The clinical development process is divided into phases that help us learn important information in a step wise fashion. Depending on the drug and disease being studied, the process might begin with a single dose in healthy volunteers. For other disease states such as cancer, the studies may start with patients and allow dosing for as long as the patient is getting benefit from the drug. There is not a single method that can be used for all drugs and diseases. However, there are some general steps that are important for the development of all drugs depending on the trial participants and the aspects of the drug being assessed. Clinical trials can take place prior to the approval of a drug (premarket) and after the approval of a
drug (postmarket).

  • Phase 1 studies are the first time an investigational drug is given to humans. These studies help determine how often a drug should be given and if there are important side effects that doctors and patients need to be aware of.
  • Phase 2 studies have the primary objective of exploring the therapeutic effect and to further evaluate safety of a drug in patients with the disease or condition intended for treatment.
  • Phase 3 studies are conducted in larger groups of patients and are conducted to confirm the safety and efficacy of a drug in the treating the intended disease. Because Phase 3 studies are larger, they allow investigators to find and understand less common side effects of the drug. This is important information for doctors and patients to know before use in the wider general population. Phase 3b studies are either studies conducted while a drug is under review by a regulatory authority or are studies conducted in patients that do not fall within the proposed or approved drug label.
  • Phase 4 postmarketing studies are conducted after a drug is approved to gain additional information, including the drug’s effects across various populations and side effects associated with long-term use in the drug’s approved indication.

Partnering with patients in clinical development

When developing new medicines, we partner with patient groups and patient advisors. This enables us to understand the patient experience and their needs. This understanding informs the clinical trials that we conduct and ensures that we’re developing new medicines to make a remarkable impact for patients. Find more information about AbbVie clinical trials here.

Join our clinical trial site network

AbbVie partners with leading scientific and medical professionals around the world to conduct clinical trials. We value the significant contributions that our scientific and medical professional partners make to our scientific innovation. AbbVie is committed to establishing collaborative partnerships to continuously grow our clinical trial site network.

To become a clinical trial investigator / investigative site on an AbbVie trial, submit your interest here:

Postmarketing Commitments

Post Marketing Commitments (PMCs) and Post Marketing Requirements (PMRs) are studies and clinical trials conducted by a sponsor after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug or biological product. The studies/trials are designed to generate additional information about the product’s safety, efficacy, or appropriate use. PMCs are studies or trials a sponsor has agreed with FDA to conduct; they are not required by statute or regulation. PMRs are studies or trials that sponsors are required to conduct post-approval according to statute or regulation.

AbbVie and Allergan are subject to PMCs and PMRs covering a range of studies/trials in various stages of development. Information about AbbVie’s and Allergan's post marketing commitments and post marketing requirements is believed to be correct at the time that the information is posted, and is subject to change as progress is made in fulfilling the commitments.

Find US PMRs/PMCs for AbbVie and Allergan US Products