Shrinking Clinical Trial Workforce Puts Pressure on Industry

The demand for clinical trials is growing as the pool of clinical research associates (CRAs) and other professionals is shrinking. It’s a stubborn problem threatening the very quality of trials and undermining the opportunity to bring more innovative drugs and devices to vulnerable patients. However, far from being some absolute law of workforce physics, it’s […]

Lack of Minority PIs Hinders Clinical Trial Diversity Efforts

Studies show most potential participants learn about clinical trial opportunities from a personal physician or family member. Unfortunately, that model has made it stubbornly difficult for regulators, sponsors, and others to expand clinical trial patient populations into relatively underserved minority communities. “We still have a pretty significant challenge ahead of us” when confronting the problem, […]

Research Triangle Clinical Trial Community Bands Together to Boost Quality

The enthusiasm is easy to hear in the voice of Dr. Bill Gluck, program director for the Clinical Trials Research and Medical Product Safety/Pharmacovigilance programs at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. Maybe a bit of relief, too. “People in the [Research Triangle Park (RTP) area] are really working together” to improve clinical trials, […]

Doctor Recommendations Among Most Effective Ways to Encourage Trial Participation

Industry Echoes FDA Call for Increased Diversity in Clinical Trials

Some of the biggest players in the drug development space worked to assure the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) they remain committed to improving diversity in clinical trial patient populations – even as they pushed back gently on a few FDA ideas on how best to proceed. In recent comments to the agency on […]

Are You Ready for Seismic Shifts in the CRA Workforce?

Is the clinical research associate (CRA) workforce on the cusp of a big shift? The short answer is yes, leading experts predict. “The pathways to electronically sourcing study data (eSource) and reducing or even eliminating redundant data are going to create an exciting future for CRAs,” says Craig Lipset, an advisor at multiple startups and […]