Almost half of all Americans take a prescription medication, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With prescription drug use on the rise, the demand for pharmaceutical clinical research continues to increase.
To keep up with the growing research needs, members of the pharmaceutical industry often outsource pharmaceutical clinical trial services to clinical research companies.
If your company chooses to obtain the services of a pharmaceutical clinical trial company, evaluate the following:
- What services does the clinical research company provide?
- How experienced is the company in pharmaceutical clinical trials?
- How does the pharmaceutical clinical research company measure quality performance?
Evaluate the ability of the pharmaceutical clinical trial services company to meet your needsClinical research companies offer a wide range of services including pharmaceutical clinical trial management, laboratory processing, data management and marketing. Make sure your research firm specializes in services to meet your company's particular needs.
Examine the pharmaceutical research company's experience with medications and industry organizationsExperience is important when it comes to pharmaceutical clinical trials. Find out how much experience each clinical trial management company brings to the table, not just in years of experience but also in the number of pharmaceutical clinical trials. Ask for a listing of pharmaceutical companies the clinical monitoring company worked with, research studies completed and number of patients enrolled.
Research pharmaceutical clinical trial companies to assess performance qualityYour company strives to develop safe and effective ways to treat and prevent disease. Make sure your pharmaceutical clinical trial management firm is committed to patient safety and ethical standards throughout the research process. Ask about their quality control standards.
- When outsourcing pharmaceutical clinical trial services, many different departments will be involved based on the services rendered. Ask for one primary contact to provide consistent information in a timely manner.