Clinical supply optimization services

A successful clinical trial is dependent on numerous factors, one of which is the effective planning and management of the clinical trial material supply chain.

Ultimately patients enrolled in a trial must receive the right drug on schedule. While that overall objective is straightforward, what is often underestimated is the knowledge and experience required to make that happen.

Our Clinical Supply Optimization Service is a comprehensive service designed to manage, optimize and streamline the clinical supply chain from early strategy development through the enrollment, maintenance, and closeout phases of a trial.

Supply chain management

Ideally, a clinical supply chain manager gets involved very early in the planning of a clinical trial, even before the protocol is finalized.

An experienced supply chain manager can quickly grasp the objective of the study and can make clinical supply-related recommendations on protocol content. Early engagement also ensures that package design is ideal (with the patient and the research in mind) and the Interactive Response Technology (IRT) is designed, configured, and tested appropriately for medication management.

Early engagement allows for the distribution network to be proactively established so timelines for importation and any special handling requirements for the clinical supplies can all be accommodated. Finally, quantities for the Investigational Product and comparator must be forecasted and optimized in order to minimize the risk that clinical supplies might negatively impact trial execution.

Once patient enrollment begins, effective supply chain management must continue to make sure the inventory is in the right locations to enable patient dosing. Other activities such as maintaining the clinical supply forecast, communication with key stakeholders, metrics reporting, planning resupplies, and coordinating dating extensions are all critical to an effectively managed supply chain.

At the end of the trial, the returns and reconciliation process must be supported so that the protocol requirements are met and the trial is closed compliantly.

Our clinical supply optimization services team is prepared to cover all of these activities associated with clinical supply chain management. The team consists of experienced supply chain managers with deep experience and expertise across therapeutic and geographic areas. The service is designed engage and work collaboratively with your clinical trial stakeholders and partners to enable successful strategic trial planning and management.

Key deliverables

Key deliverables of the service include:

The clinical supply optimization team is experienced and is prepared to manage an individual study or a portfolio of studies in any stage of clinical development. We are also experienced in supply chain management of investigator-initiated trials.

Download this fact sheet to learn how clinical supply optimization services can optimize and streamline the clinical supply chain.