Specialty Logistics in Clinical Research Trials and The Benefits of Logistical Partnerships

Specialty Logistics in Clinical Research Trials and the Benefits of Logistical Partnerships.

The Pharmaceutical industry relies heavily on three factors in order to successfully produce, test, and implement new medications and treatments. First is the research involved in identifying the need for new drugs to battle new conditions and diseases. The second is the actual development phase and the third is the testing and implementation. CRO’s or CLINICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS are the project management glue that holds the trial and its outcome together. These organizations work closely with large and small specialty logistics providers in order to organize and implement the testing phase.

This can be simply delivering single doses of experimental drugs to patients or can be on a much larger scale meaning a nationwide deployment where the product is specially packed and distributed on a wide scale.

Our focus in 2017 is to continue to grow our specialty logistics operation and make a positive impact in the lives of patients who are participating in these research trials. Some important things to remember:

The success of a clinical study depends on the CRO’s or sponsor’s ability to bring together people, processes and technology in a coordinated effort to improve patient outcomes, one case at a time.

Logistics partners play a similar central role in the process by transporting medications and bio-materials between laboratories, apheresis centers, manufacturers and clinical sites around the world. The logistics partner’s role is critical to the success of the study as a whole, and never more important than in studies of personalized medicines, such as cell and gene therapies.

As logistics providers, of course, we can’t control the effectiveness of therapies, but we can give them the best possible chance of success. Our job is to make sure those samples and therapies arrive where they are needed, when they’re needed and in the same condition they left the lab or collection site.

Key indicators of successful logistics performance

Measuring logistics performance is important to everyone involved. For the logistics provider, measurement helps identify areas for improvement and refine future performance. For the trial sponsor or CRO, measurement hones in on specific reasons for trial delays or other unwanted results. It also helps in deciding whether you want to partner with that logistics provider again.

Logistics performance can affect the outcome of every aspect of clinical trials, from lab to therapy delivery to study costs and regulatory approvals. Six key indicators of successful logistics performance include:

  1. Minimizing temperature excursions
  2. Maintaining quality standards
  3. Optimizing production
  4. Ensuring on-time delivery of product
  5. Minimizing overages and shortages
  6. Maintaining regulatory compliance



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Each day, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, dialysis centers, blood banks and labs nationwide trust American Expediting for secure, time-critical transport of healthcare supplies, tissue, specimens, biologicals including UN 3373, blood, pharmaceuticals and transplant organs.

Our medical couriers are highly skilled, bonded and insured, and equipped as necessary with dry ice, coolers, and blood and fluid spill kits. They are compliant with all state and federal regulations pertaining to the safe transportation of biohazards. They are also compliant with OSHA, HIPAA, DOT, TSA and other key regulatory agencies. Certified (HAZMAT) and biohazard specialists are on staff as well.

Partnering with American Expediting is a dependable, cost-effective alternative to having your own in-house medical couriers or maintaining relationships with multiple vendors.

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