All Right, Meow: Patient Recruitment for Animal Health Studies is Serious Business

Ryan McGuire, lifecycle management tactics expert
By Ryan McGuire,
Research Team Leader

Patient recruitment isn’t just human subjects. Cutting Edge Information has conducted a number of clinically focused projects, examining an array of industry challenges.  How companies recruit for their clinical trials — including what works and what doesn’t — is a hot topic for clinical stakeholders.  A recent CEI study on patient recruitment highlights the percentage of companies conducting activities and who specifically —trial site, sponsor or CRO — is coordinating these activities. Continue reading




Pharmaceutical Advisory Board Recruiting Strategy

Jacob Presson, pharmaceutical market access researcher
By Jacob Presson,
Senior Research Analyst

When companies begin planning for national-level advisory board meetings, the first step is to delineate a clear objective and a set of goals. These stated aims will serve as useful reference points when recruiting for the meeting. They also allow for accountability — both internally for the organizers and externally for the participants — after the fact when companies look retrospectively at advisory board recruiting. The most commonly recruited ad board members are specialists in their fields, although many companies are choosing to branch out into nursing and research fields for meeting participants.

Want to learn more about Pharmaceutical Advisory Boards? Then please join Cutting Edge Information’s Lead Research Analyst Jacob Presson at CBIs “Life Sciences Advisory Board Strategy and Efficiency Summit” on April 28th in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Presson will be on hand to discuss the key points of this infographic.

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Clinical Trial Management: Risk-Based Monitoring Represents Viable Oversight Solution

Sarah Ray, clinical trial management researcher
By Sarah Ray,
Senior Research Analyst

With the growth in companies pipelines, clinical trial management becomes essential. One aspect of study oversight, monitoring trial risk, has evolved in recent years.  In traditional clinical studies, clinical research associates (CRAs) typically visit each investigative site every four to eight weeks. However, regularly scheduled visits are fairly uniform in nature and do not always consider site experience and level of patient enrollment — factors which could potentially define a site as being either higher or lower risk.  Conceivably, under this type of structure, CRAs could visit sites that hadn’t enrolled a single patient — and do so with the same frequency as sites with high patient volumes. Continue reading



Pharma Gets Personal: The Cost of Personalized Medicine

Victoria Cavicchi, pharmaceutical social media researcher
By Victoria Cavicchi,
Research Analyst

The end of big pharma’s blockbuster era is often in the forefront of the industry’s strategic planning.  Healthcare’s focus has long reflected pharma’s focus on products with far-reaching effects.  Treatments often focus on alleviating patients common symptoms rather than targeting the specific — sometimes niche — causes of these ailments.  But healthcare as a whole is changing and the pharmaceutical industry along with it. Medicine’s new focus looks past these one-size-fits-all solutions toward a more tailored treatment approach.  Whereas once a blockbuster pill might have been the answer, doctors now want to fit the right (and most patient-specific) treatment to the right patient at the right time. Continue reading


Targeting the Alpha-7-Nicotinic Receptor May Be More Difficult Than Companies Originally Anticipated

Sarah Ray, regulatory affairs and safety researcher
By Sarah Ray,
Senior Research Analyst

One of the characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia is patients inability to differentiate among important and unimportant stimuli in their environments.  Researchers attribute this symptom to a “P50 Auditory Gating deficit.”  After individuals hear sounds, their cochleae typically form small electrical voltage potentials (auditory evoked potential) that are transmitted from their cochleae to their cortices.  P50 represents the period from 20–70 milliseconds after patients hear a sound, but before the impulse reaches their cortices, allowing their brains to process it.  When the P50 period becomes disrupted, the amplitude of the auditory message becomes reduced, making it harder for patients to process the now-quieter message. Continue reading


Clinical Teams Should Re-Think Risk-Based Monitoring Costs to Improve Their Bottom Line

Sarah Ray, risk-based monitoring costs expert
By Sarah Ray,
Senior Research Analyst

Often, news surrounding the clinical development process seems pretty grim.  R&D budgets are being slashed, promising new compounds fall short in late-stage trials, patients struggle to find and enroll in a study that has the potential to heal them.  Despite all of these challenges, there is a great deal of hope within the clinical pipeline.  Researchers are moving closer and closer to finding cures and therapies for debilitating diseases such as malaria and hepatitis C.  An increased focus on patient-centricity helps recruit and retain patients who often may not have an opportunity for care.  And even within the costly world of clinical trials, innovative developments are improving the bottom line.  One such innovation is risk-based monitoring (RBM).  Continue reading