I was fortunate enough to finally meet Pat Stone, the former FDA auditor who has appeared on this blog many times throughout the years. In this interview Pat and I discuss how risk based monitoring is being viewed by the FDA and why many in the industry believe that monitoring has been really sloppy as of late. There were many interesting things that I learned during this mini-interview but the most striking was probably the fact that Sponsors routinely report CRO’s to the FDA anonymously for lackluster clinical trial management! This would add some further support to my theory that Sponsors are using this time of low study activities to square off CRO’s against each other and see who can perform better. I could not believe this, but apparently it occurs quite a bit. There are many other insightful findings here and I hope you find a few helpful.
In my latest podcast I cover a wide variety of topics in clinical research such as blogging for research clinics, patient recruitment, negotiating budgets and getting hired as a CRA. As always, keep your questions coming you guys have been sending in great ones (dan at theclinicaltrialsguru.com).
On this week’s video and podcast, I answer viewer emails regarding how to manage and operate a successful research clinic. I also discuss some issues in regards to study participant recruitment and how to get cooperation from other referring physicians in cases (most) where referral fees are not allowed. To start off the podcast I discuss some highly sensationalized and negative articles, one in particular written by someone who interviewed me back in 2011. The article is a perfect example of shock journalism being utilzed these days to generate page views. I know that the article was not picked up by several magazines, and finally a blog startup picked it up last month. At the end of the day, I believe the examples used in this article are not indicative of the majority of research clinics (mine included) that have never even considered enrolling homeless people in studies. The article makes it seem like most research clinics resort to these tactics and this could not be further from the truth. Despite the fact that I am heavily involved in the clinical research industry, I have blogged extensively here about some of the more negative aspects of clinical trials. I still believe that clinical trials provide much more good than bad for society. The second article refers to troubled physicians who still conduct research studies. We blogged about one particular case of which we were made aware of back in 2010 and you can find that video here.
As always, thanks for watching and stay tuned for more clinical research information!
In today’s video I discuss some of the most effective ways to use social media when it comes to clinical research recruitment. Contrary to what many are actually doing out there, the best way to use social media is not as a distribution of content platform. Each different social network requires a different approach. Hopefully this video can get you started in the right direction. By the way, the book that I mentioned is only $2.99 and you can find it here.
In this podcast/video I answer some viewer emails and cover topics such as:
-what are the differences between CRO’s and SMO’s
-how do you run a successful clinical research company
-how to properly train your employees and create a winning company culture
-following your standard operating procedures
-some recruitment strategies that actually work
and lots lots more!
Below is the video where I interview a future hopeful clinical research associate (CRA). We get into some of her background as a study coordinator for oncology trials at a Southern California University. Mya also shares a bit of her personal story with respect to clinical trials and what they mean to her personally.
In this video below, Mya is actually interviewing me for a PhD program thesis that she is writing on the business of clinical trials and government funding.