Are my CROs doing what I hired them to do? That is a question you may have asked yourself many times. Even if you have conducted a thorough CRO search and selected the one that best meets your needs, there is no guarantee it is performing the tasks most important to your clinical trial.
Sitting on one of those long, painful, study status update calls recently, I was reminded of the famous light bulb joke. You know the one: “How many engineers (lawyers, politicians, etc.) does it take to change a light bulb?” I was both flabbergasted and frustrated that, after 45 minutes, the project manager was still wading through status updates from a myriad of CRO and vendor partners and CRAs — just to figure out where the study was from a site activation and enrollment standpoint.
David Kim has spent most of his career working on clinical trials. His areas of expertise include implementing strategic alliances, leading and directing sourcing and vendor management teams, and partner negotiations. In this interview with Clinical Leader, Kim discusses the challenges of CRO qualification, oversight, and audits, and how to make sure you are not being overcharged for the work you outsource.
SynteractHCR is a multinational clinical research organization, formed from the merger of Synteract with Harrison Clinical Research in 2013, which provides global, full-service clinical trial services. We have more than two decades of experience supporting biopharma companies in all phases of clinical development across multiple therapeutic areas. We customize programs that will deliver timely, high quality data to help you get to decision points faster, taking time and cost out of drug development.
If your organization has yet to adopt the use of eCOA (electronic clinical outcome assessments) in your clinical trials, then this white paper on successfully implementing the use of this technology should be of interest to you.
Typically Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) involvement in the clinical trial process has centered on site management in terms of identifying potential sites and managing patient recruitment. They also offer services related to activities such as protocol development, data management, laboratory services, and toxicology analysis amongst others. Managing clinical supplies has always been seen as a backroom activity, one which sponsors tended to keep a firm hold on, perhaps highlighting their importance to the sponsor in terms of meeting First Patient In (FPI) deadlines.