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Collaboration with CRO’s – A Challenge Or An Opportunity?
The clinical research stage is resource-intensive, demanding in nature, and possess high risk. So, a fine balance is required for its successful execution. Many pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are seeking support from CROs (Contract Research Organizations) to fulfill their research-intensive tasks. But unfortunately, this strategy turns out to be more challenging than being an opportunity. Here’s how:
Lack of Specificity
CRO’s lack in providing in-depth information that is required by their clients for future risk management. This information includes, clinical trials that must be reported with key performance indicators (KPIs) (e.g., test times, error rates, and deviations) as standardized metrics to ensure quality and performance and only then, they are considered to be a viable one. And most of the time, CRO’s fail to fulfill this need.
Lack of Transparency
CRO’s makes use of various systems to which they decline providing access to anyone not even their clients. This practice creates trust issues. On the other hand, when the document sharing & reviewing status is not updated regularly, this results in a lack of transparency and confidence towards the system.
Timelines to deliver drugs and medical devices is of utmost importance. CRO’s often fail to finish the timelines. With every slip in the timeline, costs are also increased, and the risk of several tasks on the critical path being unrealistic is also raised up to some extent.
A common complaint from sponsor companies is that CROs don’t provide dedicated resources to handle their projects. This results in missed deadlines and poor work quality.
Generalists vs. Specialists
Performing an assessment of SOPs and a skill gap analysis for CRO organizations is very important. If not done, the poor-quality operations and deliverables are what can be expected from CRO’s.
Traditional Way of Contract Management
The Persistent Issues With Traditional Practices
The need to navigate highly regulated promotional programs, meeting ever-increasing compliance, and fulfill the complex supply chains, requires proper document transactions. Depending upon CROs for such contracts that are key to the successful execution of these transactions, it seems difficult with the challenges they hold.
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MSB Docs helps in moving a new drug or device from its conception to FDA approval with a lesser need to maintain a staff for these services.
Gain control over the entire contract lifecycle and ensure each process is following the FDA regulations.
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