DrugDev

Electronic trial applications and the next phase of site interactions

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

The relationship between sponsors, CROs and clinical trial sites is a crucial aspect of clinical trial success. Historically, most trial communication has happened in person or via fax, but over the past 10 to 15 years, communication has largely shifted to email. Today, with the increasing popularity of electronic trial applications, sponsor, CRO and clinical trial site interactions are now beginning the next phase of process transformation with access to study resources, facilitated workflow and transparency for all parties.

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A critical need for timely site payments

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Pulse on Site Success by Christophe Berthoux

Research sites across the globe likely have felt the effects of delayed payments, inconsistent payment amounts and lack of explanation regarding what the payment was for. In a 2016 survey of Investigators conducted by DrugDev, getting paid “on time” was one of the top two burdens reported by sites. Receiving untimely payments not only produces financial stress to the site, it often leads to additional administrative load placed on staff members who must allocate resources to track down payments and deal with discrepancies.

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Evidence-based site selection and study planning

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

Any sponsor, CRO or third-party involved in site selection and study planning will tell you that data driven tools are the key to success. Thankfully, sponsors have a range of tools to choose from in today’s market that offer tables, charts, graphs, heatmaps, projections, scoring and in-depth reporting. The most important difference between these tools, however, is not the user interface, but rather the underlying data sources. So for sponsors, the question remains, “Are the tools responsible for successful study planning and site selection? Or should we worry about the data that feeds them instead?”

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Vive le Mobile Revolution! But are clinical trial sites ready?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

In the past, the pharmaceutical industry has been reluctant to jettison old-fashioned methods in favor of new technologies. This has bolstered the industry’s critics, who argue that the old methods are to blame for the growing costs and timeframes of clinical development. However, this has begun to change over the past five years due to several factors, including regulatory authorities’ willingness to consider new approaches to clinical trial operations. As a result, technology is now being introduced into the industry at a rapid rate, with a high degree of trial use, but lower overall adoption1.

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QuintilesIMS to buy DrugDev

Monday, June 26, 2017

QuintilesIMS has reportedly reached an agreement to buy DrugDev, a technology company that has built one of the industry’s largest global investigator networks and data sharing platforms, the latest in series of significant mergers among CROs during recent months.   

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All for one and one for all: A call for a Three Musketeers approach to online profiles

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

We all know there is an issue surrounding investigator participation in industry-sponsored clinical trials. Tufts University puts the figure for doctors declining to return for a second study at approximately 40%. At the same time, the number of global clinical trials continues to rise and increase in complexity. We’ve all read articles and attended conferences that expound the passionate view that investigators who commit their time and expertise need our help and encouragement. But if that’s the case, why do we as an industry fail to address the administrative burdens driving them away?

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DrugDev, Informa partner to integrate investigator data with Spark

Friday, May 12, 2017

DrugDev and Citeline, part of Informa’s Pharma Intelligence vertical, announced that the two companies have integrated data from Citeline’s Trialtrove and Sitetrove intelligence platforms with the DrugDev Spark unified clinical operations suite. Indexing information captured by Citeline on more than 390,000 investigators across over 265,000 trials in more than 170 countries to the industry-standard DrugDev Golden Number adds significantly to the amount of information available for study planning and site identification through DrugDev Spark.

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ACRP, DrugDev partner to increase visibility of clinical researcher and site profiles

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and DrugDev announced a partnership to radically decrease clinical trial investigator burden. The two organizations have partnered together to offer ACRP clinical researchers and site staff members online profiles visible to premier pharma companies and CROs. These companies and CROs represent more than one-third of all clinical trials today and will support ACRP members’ needs for faster, more efficient site selection. This achievement is made possible by the DrugDev Profiles System, which uses the DrugDev Golden Number to match and master site facilities and personnel information.

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Free up sites to focus on patients, not payments!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Pulse on Technology by Elisa Cascade

At a conference a few months ago, I spoke with a clinical trial investigator who complained that he still received paper checks in the mail from some sponsors and CROs, often with little or no information as to which protocol or trial procedure it referred to. It got me thinking. Why are we making this so hard for sites? Site personnel aren’t payments experts. They don’t want to spend time tracking down payments. They don’t have the technology expertise to care about how the payments are done. They just want their money deposited in their bank account on time, and with the associated documentation that explains what the payment is for. This is standard across other industries, so why should it be different for clinical trials?

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DrugDev hits record milestone of over $2B processed to sites

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sponsors and CROs worldwide have elevated DrugDev to an industry milestone of over $2 billion in aggregate payments to clinical investigator sites—an accomplishment unequaled by any other provider, including all but the very largest CROs. Over the past 10 years that experience amounts to more than 26,000 site recipients in 60 countries on more than 1,800 clinical trials.

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