Karen Brooks holds the title of senior director of clinical operations at Adare Pharmaceuticals, but the title may be misleading. With Adare being a growing specialty pharmaceutical company, Brooks is currently the entire clinical operations department. That means she wears many different hats, including operations, monitoring, management, recruitment, and retention. At the inaugural Clinical Leader Forum in Philadelphia, Brooks discussed her role in overseeing CROs.
SCORR Marketing, along with KNect365 Life Sciences, a global community of pharma stakeholders, has produced a report on the current status of patient centricity in clinical trials. The survey collected 208 responses from industry professionals in a variety of job functions and regions. The survey tried to determine if companies are taking patient preferences into consideration and, if so, how they are doing so.
One major challenge that still exists in clinical research is budget negotiations and payments to sites. Most would agree that trust and communication are vital to keeping those functions operating efficiently. The process put in place must also work for all stakeholders involved in the process.
FDA recently released a snapshot report showing the diversity of clinical trial participants in studies conducted in 2015 and 2016. Out of over 31,000 patients who participated in clinical trials for novel products in 2016, 48% of the study participants were women, which was an increase from 40% in 2015. An increase in clinical trial participation of African Americans was also observed from 2015 to 2016 (i.e., 5% in 2015 vs. 7% in 2016). However, Asian subject participation in clinical studies decreased 1% between 2015 and 2016 (from 12% to 11%, respectively). Overall, the trend towards increasing the diversity of clinical trial participants is encouraging, but a continued effort is needed to keep moving in the right direction.
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