Finding and retaining patients for clinical trials is a major headache for the pharmaceutical industry with, according to recent data, failure to find an adequate number of people to take part being the most common reason for study failure.
Such problems, combined with the drug industry's need to improve the efficiency of clinical research, are driving more and more drugmakers to use contract research organisations (CRO) to try and accelerate the recruitment process.
With this in mind the Outsourcing-pharma.com is holding Patient Recruitment Outsourcing 2011 , a conference bringing together thought leaders in the field of outsourced patient recruitment.
The event will take a strategic look at outsourcing of patient recruitment, discussing when to outsource, who to partner with and looking at how outsourcing can overcome the challenges of working in rare indications, in global locations or engaging with patients already overwhelmed with trial information.
To whet your appetite for the event Outsourcing-pharma.com has compiled a list of recent news impacting patient recruitment. See you in September.
28-Sep-2011 - Early adopters are effectively using social media for patient recruitment and retention but in general the industry is fearful, a panelist at Patient Recruitment Outsourcing (PRO) 2011 said.
27-Sep-2011 - Clinical trial enrollment can be accelerated by better understanding patients and using EHRs to inform protocol design, panelists told an Outsourcing-Pharma conference.
31-Aug-2011 - Companies outsourcing patient recruitment in emerging markets should have more people on the ground, according to Cutting Edge Information's Shaylyn Pike.
18-Aug-2011 - Companies looking to outsource patient recruitment need to think outside the box, says Cutting Edge Information’s director of research Eric Bolesh.
16-Aug-2011 - Outsourcing should play a vital role in any patient recruitment strategy, says Cutting Edge Information’s director of research Eric Bolesh.
04-Aug-2011 - Covance has announced it will collaborate on a genome sequencing project with Broad Institute to create genomic resources for a research model.
03-Aug-2011 - Software developer CliniWorks says data-mining is key to addressing trial sector’s “Achilles Heel,” patient recruitment.
01-Aug-2011 - An evidence-based approach to planning during protocol development is key to successful patient recruitment according to Joseph Kim, director of clinical operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals.
26-Jul-2011 - Blue Chip Patient Recruitment says the future of patient sourcing for clinical trials lies in social media.
07-Apr-2011 - PPD has launched an iPhone app as part of efforts to use technology for patient recruitment and other clinical trial processes.
06-Apr-2011 - Technology use in clinical trials is accelerating and will have a major impact on patient recruitment and other processes, said a PCT panel.
05-Apr-2011 - Being proactive and re-establishing relationships with investigators are vital to boosting patient recruitment and retention, said a PCT panel.
15-Mar-2011 - Applying a business model based on marketing theory to clinical trials can give a consistent framework for planning and managing patient recruitment, say academics.
14-Mar-2011 - CRO and Pharma patient recruitment efforts can benefit from social networks and online patient groups, but clarification from the US FDA is still needed.
15-Feb-2011 - A pool of research-aware US oncology clinical investigators must be developed to ensure patient recruitment rates meet demand.
07-Feb-2011 - Faster patient recruitment and use of lighter packaging minimise the carbon footprint of clinical trials.
06-Dec-2010 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents an interactive visualisation of clinical trial data submitted to the EMA in MAA from 2005-09, showing the number of trials, sites and patients from each country.
30-Nov-2010 - Finland, Brazil and Mexico recruit more patients per site than any other country where clinical trials are frequently conducted, according to EMA data.
23-Nov-2010 - Clinical trials in Latin America recruited 91 per cent more patients per site than studies conducted in the US from 2005 to 2009, according to EU MAA data.
15-Nov-2010 - Patient recruitment is boosted by health condition awareness strategies and financial incentives, according to research, but various methods of randomisation and consent design have no impact.
07-Sep-2010 - Patient recruiters and national regulators must learn from each other to better understand outreach tactics and how they fit with a country’s ethics and laws.
01-Sep-2010 - Retention strategies, trial site evaluations and dedicated budgets should be used to recruit patients to, and keep them in, clinical trials, according to research.
31-Aug-2010 - Forming a strategic partnership with a CRO is one of the key steps to boosting patient recruitment, according to a report.
20-May-2010 - CRO Quintiles says Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) partnership will improve patient recruitment and, ultimately, accelerate the drug development process.
19-May-2010 - BBK Worldwide and CROee take on Japan’s notorious “drug lag” with new partnership offering faster patient recruitment and trial site identification.