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Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

8 New Elements of the IVDR — and How to Change Your Approach

If you develop or manufacture in-vitro diagnostic products, you know the May 2022 roll-out date for the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/746 (IVDR) is just around the corner. But what, exactly, does that mean? Many of our sponsors have been approaching us with questions, such as: What aspects of the IVDR apply...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Digital Disruption in Dermatology: The Role of mHealth Technologies in Clinical Care and Clinical Research

In a fast-paced digital world, healthcare has had to adapt to better serve consumers who increasingly prefer the convenience of web- or app-based services to in-person assistance. Mobile health (or mHealth) solutions provide increased access to care, making it easier for patients to receive care and for healthcare professionals to deliver that care. Visual assessments...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Rare Disease Recruitment: 5 Strategies for Differentiating Trials in a Competitive Research Environment

Recruitment for rare disease research has always been difficult due to myriad factors inherent to the low incidence and prevalence of these conditions. In recent years, however, recruiting for rare disease trials has become even more challenging due to increasing competition in the clinical research environment. In addition, as technologies advance and information becomes more...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

The Key to Streamlining Regulatory Approval for IVDs

Regulatory approval is the final hurdle sponsors face when launching an in vitro diagnostic (IVD). After spending many years and millions of dollars on development, it can prove frustrating when the finish is in sight, but there are barriers to success. Fortunately, many of those barriers can easily be avoided. In more than 30 years...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Considerations for Clinical Studies in Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is one of the most common gynecologic disorders among women of reproductive age, accounting for up to one-third of all gynecologic office visits.1 HMB refers to bleeding associated with regular ovulatory cycles and involves blood loss greater than 80 ml per month. It is a subcategory of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB),...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Maximizing Oncology Study Outcomes: Protocol Development Considerations

Minimizing the burden that trial participants experience is essential for successful recruitment and retention, especially in oncology studies, where patients may need to be followed for years after the treatment phase of the trial. For sponsors, the process of optimizing study outcomes involves a deep understanding of the patient’s care journey and a deliberate effort...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Empowering Oncology Patients: Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Optimizing Study Outcomes

During the initial planning for clinical trial implementation, intense focus is placed on strategies for patient recruitment, while strategies for patient engagement and retention are often left until after the treatment phase. However, with many current protocol designs in oncology, trial endpoints require study participants to be followed for years to evaluate side effects and...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Gaining Patient Input: How to Ensure Patient Interests Remain Top of Mind

Our focus on women’s health research means we’re sensitive to the concerns and needs of the female volunteers contemplating clinical trial participation. In order to effectively enroll women, it’s important to acknowledge these volunteers and consider their perspectives in every step of the clinical research process. Regularly engaging women, their physicians, and health advocates helps...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Teaming Up with Sites During Trial Design

According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (Tufts CSDD), nearly half of all clinical studies require substantial—and potentially avoidable—protocol amendments that lengthen timelines and increase costs. Tufts CSDD also notes that more than half of the substantial amendments are implemented during the study enrollment period, mainly due to difficulties in recruiting...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Designing Trials for Patients

Clinical development is about finding new healthcare solutions that improve patient lives. This starts with identifying what matters most to people as they manage their health and wellbeing. Appropriate use of patient input can help improve development and regulatory decisions. Listening to patients living with a condition, we can proactively address potential flaws in clinical...