As digital therapeutics are integrated into every aspect of the healthcare landscape, patients, payers, and providers are seeing an increasingly complex set of software-driven therapy options reaching the market. This rapidly expanding field has enormous potential but faces challenges at every stage, from design to patient perception. Focusing on the clinical trial stage, how does the trial of a digital therapeutic compare to that of a pharmaceutical? What are the specific challenges of running a digital therapeutics clinical trial, and how can sponsors adapt their approach for the highest chance of success?
There may be as many as 7,000 rare diseases. The European Union defines a disease as rare when it affects less than one in 2,000 people. According to the Orphan Drug Act, a rare disease affects less than 200,000 people in the United States. Support from FDA, EMA and other regulatory agencies, combined with technological and scientific advances, have made it more feasible for pharmaceutical companies to give dedicated attention to orphan drug development. In doing so, they're developing medications for rare diseases that often have no cure and no available treatment. To ensure novel therapies advance from the lab to regulatory approval, a blockbuster-drug approach won't work. Managing rare disease studies to completion requires innovative thinking in nearly every phase of program development. Those willing to become trailblazers have the highest odds of success.
Biorasi’s Oncology Center of Excellence remains at the forefront of this exciting field. Our team of clinicians, program managers and other experts stay up to date on the latest developments, from Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte (TIL) therapy to gene therapy advances. This experience, combined with Biorasi’s worldwide site network and data-driven approach, allows us to guide oncology programs to success—on time and on budget.
A clinical trial's operational efficiency depends on a solid oversight and response mechanism. Without vigilant monitoring, patient safety, data integrity, and the overall health of your trial come into jeopardy.
Why Do So Many Clinical Trials Fall Behind? Clinical trials are not immune to missed deadlines and cost overruns. However, with proper advance planning, you can up the odds of success and avoid major glitches. Our studies show that about 33% of all clinical trials are behind schedule at any given moment. These trials under-perform due to operational failures; meaning, they’re behind schedule, over budget, or the data produced lacks the quality needed to support an approval.
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