INC Research and Inventiv Health to merge

The No. 7 (by revenue) contract research organization, INC Research, and the No. 6 CRO, inVentiv Health, are merging, creating what the company managements expect will be the No. 3 CRO, plus, by virtue of inVentiv’s “contract commercial organization,” a […]

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Clinical trial sites lack accounting resources

Clinical trials churn out furious amounts of data; that’s their purpose, after all. But administering the trial, particularly for stipends and reimbursements for patients, are a non-value-added part of the process. At the same time, trial administrators and sponsors are […]

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Marken launches 24-hour patient call center

Claiming to have the first such service in the clinical logistics industry, Marken (RTP, NC) has started a call center service to coordinate drop-offs and pickups for clinical trial subjects. With the PIC in place, clinical trial sponsors could choose, […]

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The ‘site-less’ clinical trial process moves ahead

A Minnetonka, MN company, Center Point Clinical Services, has been promoting the concept of a “site-less” clinical trial: test materials are shipped directly to patients’ homes, and both principal investigators and “clinical trial research pharmacists” (CTRPs, trained and certified by […]

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The growing role of clinical trial educators

A successful clinical drug trial needs capable investigators, trial coordinators, support staff, medical personnel, and an important role that is difficult to fill—patients to participate in the trial. Challenges associated with the identification of subjects to participate in a study […]

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