Article | March 15, 2019

Demystifying IRT Terminology

Source: YPrime

By Bryan Clayton, Vice President, Strategic Solutions, YPrime

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Our industry, like many others, is full of acronyms. In our line of business, there are myriad terms used and many of them mean the same thing. I spent some time discussing and clarifying those terms.

IRT (Interactive Response Technology), IVRS (Interactive Voice Response Systems), IWRS (Interactive Web Response Systems) IxRS® and RTSM (Randomization and Trial Supply Management) – all mean the same thing.

Do not dates, stopping dates and DNX dates all mean the same thing: do not ship/dispense or stop shipping/dispensing. What isn’t always clear and a question I often get asked is is this the last day the drug can be dispensed or is this the first day the drug will not be dispensed? Without a clear answer to that question, there can be major implications.

Forecasting period, look ahead and short window are also analogous for describing re-supply strategies.

Bryan Clayton, Vice President, Strategic Solutions, YPrime recently presented a webinar on IRT technology. This article recaps the discussion on IRT terminology, SDLC methodologies and how different approaches can save time, risk and cost.