Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: What's in a Name?

Jiskoot W.

In this commentary I briefly discuss the term advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The last two words, medicinal products, correctly indicate that we are dealing with medicines. However, oftentimes ATMPs and products within the ATMP family are erroneously called therapies, which may raise confusion, as illustrated with some examples, and may lead to ignorance of the importance of pharmaceutical product quality. The first two words, advanced therapy, are arguable as well, because they do not accurately describe the products involved and advanced is a temporal description of therapies, many of which may not (yet) be advanced at all. It is recommended to avoid such confusing wording and instead call medicines by their proper name.

J Pharm Sci. 2020 Aug.