CHALLENGES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRUGS FOR SARCOPENIA AND FRAILTY - REPORT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FRAILTY AND SARCOPENIA RESEARCH (ICFSR) TASK FORCE
M. Cesari, R. Bernabei, B. Vellas, R.A. Fielding, D. Rooks, D. Azzolino, J. Mariani, A.A. Oliva, S. Bhasin, Y. Rolland
J Frailty Aging 2022;11(2)135-142
Sarcopenia and frailty represent two burdensome conditions, contributing to a broad spectrum of adverse outcomes. The International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) Task Force met virtually in September 2021 to discuss the challenges in the development of drugs for sarcopenia and frailty. Lifestyle interventions are the current mainstay of treatment options in the prevention and management of both conditions. However, pharmacological agents are needed for people who do not respond to lifestyle modifications, for those who are unable to adhere, or for whom such interventions are inaccessible/unfeasible. Preliminary results of ongoing trials were presented and discussed. Several pharmacological candidates are currently under clinical evaluation with promising early results, but none have been approved for either frailty or sarcopenia. The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped how clinical trials are conducted, in particular by enhancing the usefulness of remote technologies and assessments/interventions.
M. Cesari ; R. Bernabei ; B. Vellas ; R.A. Fielding ; D. Rooks ; D. Azzolino ; J. Mariani ; A.A. Oliva ; S. Bhasin ; Y. Rolland ; on behalf of the ICFSR Task Force members ; (2022): Challenges in the Development of Drugs for Sarcopenia and Frailty - Report from the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (icfsr) Task Force. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2022.30