Omnicare stays ahead of the clinical trials curve

By Kirsty Barnes

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Omnicare will soon be offering staff that are "eClinical trained"
as a strategic tool to woo clinical trial contracts and compete
with services offered by rival contract research organizations
(CROs) such as Quintiles.

The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly recognisng the importance of eClinical technologies in clinical trial research and many are now seeking CROs that offer these services, for faster access to clinical trials data.

eClinical software includes electronic data capture (EDC), electronic patient reported outcomes (ePRO), interactive voice response (IVR) and analytics to support the entire clinical trial process, from collection and cleaning to the integration and review of data.

>Omnicare​ has now signed a signed a technology transfer agreement with etrials Worldwide to license its e-Clinical technology in-house. etrials is the only company to offer a fully integrated suite of eClinical software.

Internalising the technology will enable Omnicare to personally develop and manage the electronic case report forms and study databases used by its clients, by bringing the tools used to develop the programs in-house.

Omnicare has been using the e-trials software since April, however, this was on an outsourcing basis, where etrials had control over designing and building the databases.

Using the tools in-house, Omnicare will simplify and accelerate clinical trial research for its pharma company clients, by personally developing and tailoring studies for its clients to improve patient enrollment, provide access to data faster and shorten study timelines.

"Progressive CROs like Omnicare have continued to try and distinguish themselves in the market by seeking out the best new technology offerings for their clients. By offering tools to expedite data collection and ultimately their clients' trials, Omnicare is ahead of the curve,"​ said John Cline, CEO of etrials.

etrials will also provide Omnicare staff with comprehensive training for all the tools used in building, deploying and testing the technology. Staff will then be able to provide pharmaceutical clients with complete technical support when they use the software to collect, monitor and analyse clinical trial data.

"It is through both company's commitment to this partnership that we will be able to best improve the clinical trial process while at the same time making available to trial sponsors even more knowledgeable, eClinical-trained professionals for their important research,"​ said Cline.

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