Virtual trials 30 Apr 2021

Virtual trials

The COVID-19 pandemic caused massive disruptions in global biomedical research. These disruptions were acutely felt in the conduct of clinical trials. The pandemic has forced the key players to find new ways to keep clinical trials on the track that are both effective and cost-efficient.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, clinical trials cost $ 4 - 20million. There are several reasons why clinical studies are so costly l, but the limitations of research methodology and poor recruitment make an especially significant contribution. Virtual trials have been put forward as a potential way to reduce costs and make it easier for patients to take part in studies. A virtual clinical trial is not conducted in an environment such as a clinic or a hospital but instead can be conducted through remote interaction (mobile phone, apps, etc.) between patients and investigators.

The first “virtual” drug study, where the participants were communicating with the organizers remotely, was conducted for the first time in 2011 in the USA by Pfizer Virtual trials allowing researchers to reach diverse populations and difficult-to-recruit candidates. Built on a foundation of global clinical operations capabilities, virtual trials solve some of the toughest study challenges through innovative research designs that can be customized for any trial type or indication. As a clinical trial supply and logistics provider focused on advancing drug development, COREX Logistics is committed to supporting research that will enable us to help patients live better lives sooner rather than later.

We're excited by all of the possibilities virtual clinical trials bring including:

  • Accelerated patient recruitment,
  • Higher patient engagement,
  • Improved quality and patient safety,
  • Reduced complexity and trial timelines.

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COREX Logistics is a supply and logistics company with headquarters in Ireland, working with pharma and patients to facilitate improved healthcare worldwide.

Our expert international team works across an 80-country network, specialising in the EMEA region, providing the latest in clinical trial logistics technology and systems, cold-chain delivery, temperature-controlled transportation and storage services. From sourcing, procurement and customs clearance, to labelling, returns and destruction, we cover every link in the supply chain. We also run an established Named Patient Programme and provide Patient-Oriented services. With extensive knowledge and on-the-ground insight into our markets, we create innovative solutions with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of patients.

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