Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Investigator data could be the key to unlocking clinical trials

Clinical trial data varies between each company.  The companies also have a habit of always returning to the same clinical trial sites and investigators instead of branching out and finding the best site and investigators for their trials.  Because with out the investigators, there are no patients, recruitment costs will skyrocket, and cost and wasted time continue to grow.  But as European Pharmaceutical Contractor points out, a streamlined data system across all sites could easily open up more sites and promising investigators to conduct clinical trials faster.  By streamlining data, sponsors could see success rates of past trials, recruitment rates over periods of time and have a world of investigators open up.  This article dives into how the Investigator Databank took on the challenge and has seen success since it was implemented in April 2014.

Four key areas are identified where the streamline of data and reports can help improve the reporting and collaboration of clinical trial sites:
  • -Access to more investigators
  • -Reduction of non-performing sites
  • -Decrease in time for feasibility and site identification
  • -Expand access for clinical researchers to research opportunities
Have you participated in streamlining your clinical data?  What are some of the benefits you see in addition to the four identified by EPC?

Data transparency is rising to the top of many conversations - streamlining investigator sites is just one.  This April at Partnerships in Clinical Trials, we'll bring together some of the key companies in Pharma including Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, UCB Pharma, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and GlaxoSmithKline during the panel Show Me Your Data: How Transparency is Driving Drug Development to look at how streamlining and sharing data can improve clinical trials throughout the drug industry.  For more information on this session, download the agenda.  If you'd like to join us April 22-24 in Boston, as a reader of this blog, when you register to join us and mention code XP2000BL, you can save $100 off the current rate!

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