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Improved perception of the industry

Monday, June 12, 2017

The 2017 Global Pharmaceutical Reptrak study, prepared each year by Boston’s Reputation Institute, showed that the public’s perception of the pharmaceutical industry has improved, earning an industry score of 71.8, up from 68.2 in 2016. Furthermore, about 44% of respondents viewed the industry as having an excellent reputation, a seven point increase since 2016. Similarly, the number of respondents who perceived the industry as weak or poor declined, moving to 26% from 35% in 2016.

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Three Questions: Adam Butler, Bracket

Monday, June 12, 2017

CWWeekly presents this biweekly feature as a spotlight on issues that executives in clinical research face. This week, writer Barbara M. Bolten spoke with Adam Butler, senior vice president, Strategic Development and Corporate Marketing, Bracket. Butler is responsible for Bracket’s service offerings in Randomization and Trial Supply Management, Electronic Clinical Outcome Assessments, and Rater Training and Quality Assurance services.

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ERT and Orbita collaborate to improve patient retention and trial efficiency

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mobile health applications have transformed the way many people approach their health. Applications can now track food and nutrition intake, activity levels and even sleep habits. Similar health applications have also permeated clinical research; in fact, there has been an increased demand for and utilization of mobile health applications for data capture during clinical trials. This form of data capture is aimed at streamlining the data procurement process, ultimately improving the time in which results from a trial can be analyzed and interpreted.

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Patient differences recruiting rheumatoid arthritis globally

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Second of two parts

In the May 2017 issue of The CenterWatch Monthly, findings from INC Research’s study of clinical trial perceptions among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were highlighted. The study collected insights from RA patients in the U.S., U.K., Poland, Japan and Mexico, which helped show how best to engage with patients around the world.

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Changes in oncology treatments may lead to changes in clinical trial design: An overview of a basket trial in progress

Thursday, June 1, 2017

As technology and science have evolved over the last several years, new treatment modalities for cancer have emerged. These new treatment options have presented a challenge for researchers. How do we translate new scientific advancements to patient populations rapidly and effectively, especially in oncology? Arguments that the drug development process is “broken” have stimulated improvements in clinical trial designs.1 One category of clinical trial design that has emerged as a result is a master protocol. Several designs fall under the master protocol category.

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Disclosures bring continued focus to Bial trial

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Last year, two issues of Research Practitioner included a discussion about a French trial in which one healthy volunteer died and five others were hospitalized. Researchers and pharmacologists are becoming more critical of the trial as new information become available. Were the researchers negligent? Why was this compound chosen over other similar ones for the study?

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