An Alternative Model for Clinical Trial Product Management: Exploring Distribution and Dispensing

| January 24, 2017

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Managing limited supplies of an investigational agent in a clinical trial can present challenges. The typical practice is to ship inventory to the research pharmacy or the principal investigator’s office at clinical a site in anticipation of enrollment. One challenge is that the amount needed at study sites can only be estimated, and inadequate inventory may delay the study while providing extra is expensive and wasteful. In the meantime, the agent(s) and clinical supplies sit in storage until enrollment proceeds and dispensing begins. This ties up inventory and can create additional challenges with expiration dates. However, there is an alternative model of clinical trial support for consideration.

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