Applied Clinical Trials-11-01-2003

View from Brussels
Applied Clinical Trials

November 01, 2003

Even as the EU implementation deadline looms, clear clinical trial definitions remain elusive.

Applied Clinical Trials

The rapid evolution of the biopharmaceutical industry has lead more and more companies to focus on the clinical development of their drug candidates, thus presenting the challenge of selecting the optimal strategy for conducting their clinical programs. Typically, biopharmaceutical companies have had three options: out-licensing their product, setting up their own clinical development operations, or outsourcing the clinical development to contract research organizations (CROs).

Process Improvement
Applied Clinical Trials

November 01, 2003

Moving ineffective personnel out of critical positions can be a difficult but necessary management task.

Applied Clinical Trials

Clinical trials sponsors seek quick subject enrollment and high data quality, expressed by both strict adherence to good clinical practice (GCP) requirements and completeness and correctness of the data collected from investigative sites. However, the most informative sources of detailed information on data quality such as site monitoring visit reports, sponsor, and CRO audit reports are maintained as strictly confidential documents and are not publicly disseminated. Therefore, a substantial proportion of the information on data quality in clinical research that is available to the general public is based on anecdotal reports rather than well-referenced and organized observations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found no evidence of poor GCP compliance during inspections in the emerging clinical research countries, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.1-2

View from Washington
Applied Clinical Trials

November 01, 2003

New initiatives would form networks and harmonize standards to translate basic research into needed treatments.