April 2016 – The CenterWatch Monthly : PDF
Facing protocol amendments head-on
The unplanned costs and delays associated with protocol amendments have prompted many sponsor companies to identify new approaches to simplify protocol designs and reduce the frequency of protocol amendments over the course of the past few years. Yet a new Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) analysis found that the majority of protocols still require substantial amendments, which led to significantly longer clinical trial cycle times and higher costs.
The long wave goodbye to phantom PIs
Efforts to reduce the number of phantom investigators—principal investigators (PIs) who are not adequately supervising their staff and clinical trials—appear to be having a measurable impact. But problems associated with, and the issues that cause, phantom PIs and their causes linger.
Also in this issue:
- Refocusing on Risk Mitigation in Starting Clinical Trials
- Finding Investigators and Patients for Faster Trials
- Regulatory Update
- Month in Review
- FDA Actions
- Study Lead Opportunities
- New Drugs in the Pipeline