Best Clinical Trials, LLC

Center Information

Elizabeth Uchello, MEd
Director of Research
Best Clinical Trials, LLC
3600 Prytania Street, Suite 71
New Orleans, LA 70115
USA
504-897-5211
504-897-3840 (fax)
luchellobct@gmail.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dental and Oral Health
Dermatology
Devices
Endocrinology
Family Medicine
Gastroenterology
Immunology
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Musculoskeletal
Nephrology
Neurology
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Ophthalmology
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Podiatry
Psychiatry/Psychology
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Urology
Vaccines

Center Overview

Best Clinical Trials (BCT) is a research site affiliated with a private practice within the metropolitan New Orleans area. We independently contract with Sponsors and CROs to conduct phase II, III, and IV trials. Our offices are near the emerging medical center corridor, which includes LSU and Tulane University, and, when it opens in 2015, the newest VA Medical Center in the United States.

Since first opening our doors in 2001, we have become proficient in evaluating protocols and study design. This allows us to quickly determine the feasibility of a given protocol. Consequently, we are able to identify potential study subjects and ensure a very low screen failure rate. In fact, over 99% of our studies have exceeded Sponsor enrollment expectations.

BCT has a well-established record of rapid and high enrollment, high patient retention throughout a study and low data query rates. Over the past 13 years, BCT has completed more than 120 industry-sponsored trials for over 26 different pharmaceutical Sponsors. During that time we have successfully undergone many Sponsor initiated audits and 2 recent FDA audits.

We at BCT are experts at integrating clinical trials within facilities that simultaneously provide routine medical care. This affords us access to a larger and often research-naïve patient population. Our experience in this environment ensures those identified as potential subjects will comply with protocol requirements as well as completion of the trial.

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 100+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 100+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 3500
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 3 Business Day(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 30
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 95%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 99%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Clinical Research Experience

  • Phase II-IV clinical trials expertise in the primary care and specialty private-practice setting
  • Rapid enrollment, low data query rates, with over 99% of studies having exceeded enrollment expectations
  • Specialization in respiratory disease, hypertension, as well as acute and chronic pain which require the unique expertise and licensure to conduct studies with controlled substances
  • Experience with over 26 pharmaceutical companies including * Abbott, Astra Zeneca, Astrazeneca, Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cephalon, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Forest Research Institute, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer, and Roche as well as working with leading CROs including PPD, PRA, Inventive, and many others.

Facility Description

  • BCT offices are located adjacent to a 260+ bed, community-based, not for profit hospital in the greater New Orleans area
  • Flexibility to utilize central institutional review board (IRBs) and have experience with over 11 commercial boards
  • BCT occupies 2 suites within a single-story medical complex occupied by several private-physician practices
  • Access to same-day appointments with ancillary services such as all radiology, laboratory, including nuclear imaging services such as PET, etc
  • Secure drug storage for investigational product meeting standards required for controlled substances/scheduled drugs including limited access with triple lock cabinets and video surveillance
  • High speed internet access to include wireless and/or cable functionality for simultaneous use by visiting site monitors and our BCT data entry personnel
  • Same day access to radiology department for procedures and/or local over-read
  • Private site monitoring office equipped with secure wireless access and all typical office needs
  • Source documents, eCRFs/CRFs, and regulatory files maintained at one centralized location
  • Annually calibrated equipment including
    • Pulmonary function testing meeting ATS requirements
    • ECG equipment capable of variable QTc measurement
    • Pulse oximeters
    • Omron blood pressure monitors with print-out capability
    • Sphygmomanometers
    • Height and weight scales
    • -20 degree Celsius freezer and -70 degree Celsius freezers monitored via min-max thermometers for temperature and functionality, and part of an IATA certified laboratory process

Investigator Experience

George Walker, MD and Parimal Parikh, MD are the two physicians who have been Principal Investigators on most studies performed by BCT.

Dr. Walker has conducted industry-sponsored drug and device research for 15 years and Dr. Parikh has conducted drug studies for 13 years. Both have undergone numerous Sponsor audits as well as those of the FDA.

The Investigators participate in Investigator GCP training and have participated as Instructors for community-based Investigator GCP training initiatives

Several Investigators with Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners Dispensing license, required to conduct clinical trials of controlled substances in the state of Louisiana.

All Best Clinical Trials Investigators are board-certified and maintain a private practice and/or currently credentialed in one of 2 inpatient facilities across the street from BCT offices.

Staff Expertise

  • Investigators and CRCs work closely to perform high quality research while ensuring appropriate follow-up and referral of study volunteers
  • Four full-time clinical research coordinators (CRCs) with over 60 years collective coordinating experience in the private practice setting
  • Regulatory specialist with over 14 years' experience successfully managing over 30 Sponsor audits
  • Our CRCs spend extensive time before, during, and after study visits with our subjects, maintaining frequent communication via cell phone to ensure procedures are completed by subjects per protocol
  • Budget and contract review performed by BCT administrative and legal specialists with over 40 years combined experience in industry-sponsored studies
  • Investigators and BCT staff scrutinize each protocol to ensure adequate training, licensure, and/or study procedures are performed by appropriate medical, clinical, or other properly trained personnel
  • Personnel complete ICH/GCP, CPR, IATA (HAZMAT) training every 2 years

Patient Demographics

Best Clinical Trials relies on the relatively large private practice population near its offices to fill studies. Additionally, our former study subjects have proven a consistently reliable source for new subject referrals. This is a testament to the time and attention we give to each of our study volunteers and the relationships that we have forged with them over time.

Whether patient or prospective study volunteer, Best Clinical Trials offers such individuals the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. This is particularly significant to a number of New Orleans citizens who are low income, uninsured, and with infrequent medical care. With offices located in the uptown, New Orleans area, Best Clinical Trials may frequently draw from this medically underserved patient base. Such patients are very receptive to the access to medical testing, evaluation and diagnosis which clinical trials may provide.

Approximately 70 % of our patients are derived from our Investigators’ private practices. Ethnicity demographics include approximately seventy percent (70 %) African American, many of whom suffer with hypertension or diabetes. Sixty percent (60%) of our study subjects are adults aged 18 - 65 years. Our geriatric population accounts for the remaining forty percent (40%).

Because our offices are located one block from the St. Charles Avenue street car line and Metro City bus line, our site is accessible by numerous forms of public and private transportation. This aids in their compliance with the scheduled study visits. We are also equipped to perform protocol-required "long days", such as eight hour post dose pharmacokinetic (PK) sampling and serial spirometry.

Other Information

Read Our Case Studies...

Need a rescue-site?

In a recent upper respiratory trial, we enrolled 44 subjects within 3 weeks of study initiation and all but 1 of the subjects completed the trial. BCT is frequently one of the leading enrollment sites for protocols we select to perform. Many of these trials have been Sponsor and FDA audited and here at Best Clinical Trials, we're proud of the quality research we continue to provide.

Rapid study start proves it can be done!

Best Clinical Trials of New Orleans was recently identified as one of the sites with the fastest completion of regulatory and budget/contract documents. One of the top global pharmaceutical companies was able to initiate Dr. George Walker and Best Clinical Trials FIRST in a nationwide clinical study.

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