Study changes and time constraints are some of the many factors that can affect the packaging and labeling of products, putting a clinical trial at risk. Preparing clinical supplies on an as-needed basis, like with CSM’s On-Demand services, can avoid drug waste and associated costs.
The effective management of drug supply can be the difference between the success and failure of a clinical trial. Focusing on actual enrollment -packaging and labeling clinical supplies specifically for, and immediately prior to, each shipment request- accommodates change without compromising the trial timeline.
But why choose an innovative On-Demand service instead of the tried and tested traditional packaging and labeling model?
One of the reasons is the flexibility offered by preparing the clinical supplies as needed that helps make most trials more efficient and more cost-effective: All or a forecasted allotment of clinical supplies are packaged and labeled prior to the receipt of a shipment request when using the traditional model. When packaging and labeling as-needed, only the requested quantity is prepared after the shipment request has been received. Not only is the traditional method more time consuming and creates waste, it constantly requires re-work due to mid-study changes and expiration date updates.
CSM recognizes the urgency of time in regards to clinical trial processes: At CSM, On-Demand requests will be processed and shipped between 48-72 hours every single time. It also significantly reduces storage and inventory, and makes adaptive trials easier to manage.
“In a recent trial we experienced an unforeseen challenge: Our labels had to be reprinted and we were worried that this would push back our delivery to sites by at least 3 weeks. But thanks to CSM and their On-Demand process we were back on track within 48 hours."
— Project Manager Operations, FUJIFILM Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc